I had the pleasure of reading this book in one of my high school as well as one of my college English classes. I believe that Zora Neale Hurston did an amazing job with portraying the life of the main character, Janie, who went from being a young innocent teenager to a mature and worldly woman by the end of the book.
The book mainly deals about Janie and her interactions with three different men that she marries in her lifetime. With each man, Janie learns more and more about herself and who she really is on the inside, which also makes this book rather empowering and inspirational when one considers all the things Janie had to go through in order to become the person she is when the book ends. Despite the time period being far away from the present of today, the characters are very believable and Janie is also very relatable. The story also is, more or less, very down to earth. It shows the reader that things aren’t necessarily what they seem as well as not everything in this world gets a happy ending. However, even if the ending that one gets is not so happy, it shouldn’t stop one from getting stronger and moving on with his or her life.
In order to live what many may consider a fruitful life, we are faced with hardships, we are faced with happiness, and we are faced with sadness. Despite everything that happens, one key factor should not be lost, and that is hope. Every moment counts and the novel does give this impression when it comes to Janie’s stages of life.
This is the story of Janie Mae Crawford. Her mother had been born on a plantation near Savannah in 1864, "with gray eyes and yaller hair" (Ch. 2). Janie Mae's grandfather was Marse Robert and his son, her half-uncle, had fallen at Chickamauga. As soon as the Master rode off to drive Sherman back from Atlanta into Tennessee, the Mistress threatened to whip Janie Mae's grandmother ("Granny") for bearing a baby that looked white. Slave mother and daughter then fled into … more