Their Eyes Were Watching God is a novel by Zora Neale Hurston. The book follows the life of a woman named Janie and the various relationships that she's had in her life. She begins by marrying Logan Killicks, an older farmer who forces her to work far too hard. After the relationship dies, Janie meets Jody, a man who treats her well at first. However, Jody eventually becomes over-possessive and refuses to even let Janie dress the way she wants to. Jody passes away, and Janie meets Tea Cake. Their relationship is strong and happy at first. However, Tea Cake is bitten by a rabid dog and begins to grow paranoid of Janie. He starts talking like her other husbands did. Eventually, Teak Cake tries to shoot Janie but misses. She retaliates by killing him with a shotgun.
It's important to understand the journey that Janie went on throughout the novel, because it tells us how she grew as a character. By the end of the book, Janie has finally found inner peace. She began as an immature young woman who didn't know what she wanted. By the end, she realizes that she no longer needs the approval of others to be happy. This is the novel's moral. There is no relationship that can give us everlasting happiness if we aren't already at peace with ourselves. It's something we should all keep in mind as we work towards our goals.