From Janie Crawford To Sula: Black Female Characters In Fiction We Love And Hate

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Janie Crawford, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Janie Crawford was not the archetypal strong character initially, but over time no one could argue with her self-determination and her constant search for real love. Each step of Janie’s journey led her deeper into herself.  Marrying old man Killicks showed her exactly what she didn’t want and she never settled with him. Meeting and marrying Joe Starks showed her that love existed, but there should never be limits. Then came Tea-cake, who showed her a fresh new love that was full of passion and promise. When he was no longer around she had memories that served her well and she was happy. All of Janie’s journeys led her to self-realization– the true promise land for all women. We couldn’t help loving Janie.

 

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