"Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston.

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In "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie loses her childish views of love when she marries Logan Killicks. She realizes she cannot force herself to fall in love with him, despite the fact that it seems he is a "perfect husband."

"She knew now that marriage did not make love. Janie's first dream was dead, so she became a woman." Janie matures greatly the day she realizes that a marriage does not guarantee that a wife will love a husband. Through her entire life, she had an ideal vision of love as something magical that happened if it was desired. She thought that by marrying Logan, she would be able to feel this love automatically. In reality, even though her grandmother urged her to, and Logan gave her everything she could desire, she felt no love for him. Instead, she came to loathe him.

Janie "sees her life like a great tree in leaf with the things suffered, things enjoyed, things done and undone. Her marriage to Logan is affects her great tree, and therefore affects her life. She speaks of "dawn and doom" being in the branches, and realizes that Logan is not the bee that she desires will pollinate her blossoms. Instead, the "bloom time" she has awaited never arrives. She begins to look for other ways to fulfill these desires and hopes. The arrival of Joe Starks offers an escape for Janie, and helps to usher in a new stage of life for Janie. She leaves behind her loveless marriage and moves not towards "sun-up and pollen and blooming trees," but of the "far horizon" that she sees in Joe.

Overall, the marriage to Logan Killicks has left Janie more mature, with less idealistic views of love and marriage. She...