Comparison of animals and characters in Zora Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. How do animals help us understand the novel?

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People and animals share many characteristics. We sometimes compare people to animals by saying that ?he is hard working like a mule? or that ?she is clever like a fox?. If we consider the theory of evolution people came from and are even now just another species of animals that live on Earth. In Zora Neale Hurston?s Their Eyes Were Watching God we can find all throughout the novel important animals and the comparison of character to animals. The question is how important is the concept of animals in the novel? The animals help us understand fully Janie?s various relationships and situations she deals with.

We know that Janie is still very naive when she is forced to marry Logan, a man she does not love. When she moves on to live with her husband on their farm we can see that she is unhappy and that Logan does not treat her as he should.

The concept of their relationship is best represented when Logan decides to get a second mule. When Janie says that they don?t need two mules he replies:

?Naw, Ah needs two mules dis yeah. Taters is goin? tuh be taters in de fall. Bringin? big prices. Ah aims tuh run two plows, and dis man Ah?m talkin? ?bout is got uh mule all gentled up so even a woman kin handle ?im? (p26).

This quote clearly applies that the second mule is meant for Janie to work with in the fields. The mule signifies her whole relationship with Logan as he is only taking her as another ?mule? that is there to work on his fields and help him out. We can clearly see Logan?s attitude towards Janie when he says: ?Come help me move dis manure pile befo? de sun gits hot. You don?t...