During the Harlem Renaissance, many black writers flourished. One of those writers was Zora Neale Hurston. Hurston was educated at Howard University, Barnard College, and Columbia University. "It was due to her perceived lack of sincerity that her writings were frowned upon-(Lee) No matter what people said about her writings, she accomplished many things. In her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston depicts the life of a character by the name of Janie Crawford "who struggles throughout the novel trying to find herself and her place."(Lee) In the novel, Janie encounters three different relationships. Each of these relationships had their different effects on Janie. .
The first of these relationships is with a man named Logan Killicks. Janie met Logan through her grandmother, whom she called Nanny. Janie complains to Nanny that she doesn't want to marry Logan, but Nanny says, ""Tain't Logan Killicks Ah wants you to have, baby, it's protection." (Hurston 15) This shows that Nanny only wants Janie to marry Logan so she would have someone to protect her in the real world. Eventually Janie and Logan got married and lived at his house. While living together, Janie's job was to take care of the house while Logan worked in the fields. This relationship soon ended when Logan threatened to kill Janie when he said, "Ah"ll take holt uh dat ax and come in dere and kill yuh!" (Hurston 31) After this incident, Janie was fed up with Logan and decided to leave him.
Janie's second relationship was a little better than her first one but still had some problems. This relationship was with Joe Starks. Janie called him Jody for short. The two of them met when Joe walked by Logan Killicks house. This relationship is one of control. It started when Jody became mayor of the town of Eatonville. During one of Jody's speeches, the crowd asks, "And now we"ll listen tuh uh few words uh encouragement from Mrs.