This essay examines the bond of marriage in the book Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.

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The Search for a Perfect Marriage

Marriage is a sacred bond between two people who love and care about each other deeply. It's a bond that is not made to be broken, but to be carried on forever. This wasn't the case in Their Eyes Were Watching God. Janie's search for her true love was a hard, tedious journey. In the 1920's most couples were married and stayed together for the rest of their lives. They were allowed to be themselves and had a voice. To Janie, this is a good marriage, which is all she wants. Janie was married three times to different men and when she had finally found an ideal marriage, it was ruined. She had to find this perfect marriage through many obstacles such as racism, gates and her ideas to compare them to a pear tree.

The theme of racism as a social status is shown throughout the book and into Janie's marriages.

As a woman she needs to find a man that will support her in everything she does and they are willing to love who she is. Being a black woman has made a big impact on her life as she is regarded as the lowest in the social class. Her first husband was set up to marry her through her grandmother, Nanny. She has a different opinion about whites as Nanny does because she accepts white men calling black women such things as mules. " Somebody got to think for women and chillun and chicken and cows. I god, they sho don't think none theirselves" (Hurston 67) Janie wants to make a name for herself so she is not regarded as a mule, because that's what she often feels like. Her husband, Logan, doesn't really care about her because he internalizes...