In life to discover our self-identity a person must show
others what one thinks or feels and speak his or her mind.
Sometimes their opinions may be silenced or even ignored. In the
novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, the main character Janie
would sometimes speak her ideas and they would often make a
difference. The author, Zora Neale Hurston, gives Janie many
chances to speak and she shows the reader outcomes. When dealing
with all of the different people Jaine faced, she would find a
way to speak her ideas, receive a response, and through this
exchange she developed her sense of self-worth.
When Janie found a way to speak her ideas, they would have
an impact on everyone. Though, Janie did not always speak her
ideas. She would often do something that made an impression on
someone. The first real action Janie took was to leave her
husband, Logan Killicks.
By doing this, she has shown the
community that a person can not always be happy with material
things when she or he is not in love. Janie says, 'Ah want
things sweet wid mah marriage lak when you sit under a pear tree
and think.' She shows her grandma that she is not happy with her
Janie's next husband, Joe Starks was very nice to her and
gave her everything she wanted. When it came to Janie wanting to
talk or speak her mind, he would not let her, and that made her
feel like she was less of a person than he. Until one day,
towards the end of their long marriage, when Jody made a very
mean comment about Janie's body. She came back with, 'When you
pull down yo' britches, you look lak de change uh life.' After
these words came...