"Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Hurston.

Essay by SweetA1217High School, 11th gradeA+, May 2003

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In the book, Their Eyes Were Watching God, a person learns the trials and tribulations in the life of a girl named Janie Crawford. Throughout the book, Janie goes from a small, little girl to a beautiful woman. Janie learns more and more during each day of her life. The author, Zora Hurston, expresses Janie's maturity through poetic imagery.

In the book, Janie is compared to the blooming of a blossoming pear tree. Janie describes the blossoming pear tree that fascinated her when she was sixteen years old. "Janie had spent most of the day under a blossoming pear tree in the backyard.... From barren brown stems to glistening leaf-buds; from the leaf-buds to snowy virginity of bloom."(10) The quote describes the maturity of the pear tree from a stem to a bloom. The quote shows the sexual awakening of Janie as she starts to explore the world of men.

Janie expresses in the quote "Oh to be a pear tree - any tree in bloom"(11) that she knows that she is maturing sexually. Janie expresses that she is open to maturing and she wants to experience the experiences of a mature woman.

During the progression of the book, Janie goes through a marriage with Logan Killicks. Janie sees her marriage with Logan as a jail. She was caught in a marriage with a man she did not love nor like. During Janie's marriage with Logan, Janie met a man named Jody Starks. Janie sees Joe as "A bee for her bloom" (32). Hurston explores Janie's maturity again with the image of a bloom. Jody is the bee for Janie's bloom. Janie marries Jody and moves to Eatonville. In Eatonville, Jody and Janie open a store. While Janie helps in the store, Jody has Janie wear...