Janie's own well-being is important to her: Reflections on chapters 1-3 of Their Eyes Were Watching God,
In the beginning of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, the author was able to depict to us readers the difference of men from women. As I move along reading the story, I can't help not to think about Adam and Eve. I remember reading over and over again those Bible stories when I was still a kid. As I relate to the story, God created both man and woman equally. Yet, with different traits and characteristics.
On page 17 of Chapter 1, it was mentioned that, "Now, women forget all those things they don't want to remember, and remember everything they don't want to forget." I was struck with this sentence because it seems like a sort of generalization to all women. It is most likely part of human nature that concludes that all women tend to forget all the things they don't want to remember, but at the same time remember all the things that they want to cherish. For my own interpretation, I guess both males and females tend to act this way. This is a human experience. A person tends to leave something behind in the past when he/she experiences something traumatic and sorrowful. Each and every one of us needs to move on and look forward to a brighter future set for us. We all need to set ourselves to the right track of our lives. This situation affects humankind which pertain to both males and females.
I also figured out that Janie feared that she might not be able to love Logan. She tries to assure herself that love will bloom between them after their marriage. Also, the story tried to define Janie as a woman who is searching for love and a woman who tries to define herself according to her own well-being, not a woman identified and carved by the society that surrounds her.