There Eyes Were Watching God Transcendentalism Analysis

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The law of the jungle states kill or be killed. Life changing decisions made at a moment notice is an experience we will all encounter during our lifetime. Living in the moment and aspects of transcendentalism can be one of the most important learning experiences in life. I will be using the choices made in the story There Eyes Were Watching God to demonstrate the major effect transcendentalism has on the story. After experiencing her sexual awakening and realizing the countless possibilities the world had to offer, Janie says “Ah done lived Grandma’s way, now Ah means tuh live mine.” (114). “Janie saw her life like a great tree in leaf with the things suffered, things enjoyed, things done and undone. Dawn and doom was in the branches”, Janie …show more content…
Teacake comes back after stealing money from Janie. Janie explains to him that she doesn’t care about the money. She cares about him and would go anywhere with him, this situation expresses Janie’s desire and strive for love and happiness that it displayed through out the story (124). “Before she slept that night she burt up every one of her head rags and went about the house the next morning with her hair in one thick braid….”, Due to Jody’s death, Janie burns all her head rags and sits on the store porch with her not tied after being denied the simple action for years, on the porch she contemplates life and her feelings towards her grandmother. Janie hair was her symbol of freedom; Jody took that away from her by not allowing her to display her glories hair, now that she doesn’t have to worry about him, she freely lets down her hair (89). Phoebe asks Janie why she’s selling the store and Janie says that Tea Cake isn’t like Jody; her relationship with Tea Cake isn’t about business or money. It isn’t materialistic (113,114). Their relationship is solely based on love. This statement represents Janie’s priorities and the differences between her relationships with Teacake versus Jody; Jody utilized his relationship with Janie to benefit his business goals while Teacake and Janie utilized their