"Their Eyes were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston. Hurston answers the question of what is love.

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The Webster's definition of love is "a deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness," in Zora Neale Hurston's novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God", she tries to prove that love is the most important thing in the world. The main character, Janie travels through life trying to find this sacred thing called love, and it takes her two failed marriages before she finds that special someone. Before her three marriages Janie lives with Nanny and is going through puberty and just finding boys attractive. When Janie gets married to Logan, she realizes that she wants to be in love with someone and for them to love her back. While Janie is married to Joe, she feels her does not care for her at all and only cares about how she looks.

Finally when Janie gets married to Tea Cake, she is happy and in love, even though he is not rich and powerful like her other husbands. In Hurston's novel she shows the complexity of falling in love, and how it is not always easy to meet true love.

While Janie is living with Nanny, Huston argues that, love ruins a women's life, and that women should marry for money and status. When Janie says, "Oh to be a pear tree- any tree in bloom" (11), Hurston is using symbolism of the pear tree to show that Janie is growing up and beginning to like boys. However Nanny wants Janie to have a better life than she did and tries to get her to marry someone rich. When Nanny says that, "Ah'm ole now. Ah can't be always guidin' yo' feet from harm and danger. Ah...