English II High Honors
August 25, 2014
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston has a happy ending Weldon describes. Janie in the end reconciliates and reassess herself spiritually.
When Janie’s final husband of this book dies she really gets love. All of what she’s been through has really taught her what love really is. She says, “Love is lak de sea. It’s uh movin’ thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from de shore it meets, and it’s different with every shore”(Hurston 191). Not that the ending is joyful and ecstatic but the ending is enlightening to Janie. An enlightening ending is an ending that may not leave you happy for the main character but it doesn’t leave you with a bad taste in your mouth.
Janie’s enlightenment about love and her life is something she will carry on for the rest of her life. Janie’s quest for true love satisfies her by the end of the book. There isn’t any point in trying to search for true love because she already found it and it dies with Teacake. Janie’s hunger for love stretches across three long marriages. This can be compared to a super bowl team after they win the super bowl. The super bowl team is already the best in the world so what’s the point in trying again?
Janie has come through a huge moral development since the beginning. This is also one of the parts in Weldon’s happy ending. At the beginning Janie believes that true love will appear after marriage and that it doesn’t happen before (thanks to her grandmother). Her second marriage was a different moral development, one that strengthened her to find a good man. The last marriage developed her into what true love is really about.
This entire book boils down into a Weldon happy ending. It involves moral development, spiritual reassessment, and reconciliation. These are all things that occur during Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.
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