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The Promise of the Horizon in Hurston

“Janie pulled back a long time because he did not represent sun-up and pollen and blooming trees, but he spoke for far horizon.”

Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God New York: HarperCollins Publishers. 2000. Print. pp. 41-42.

Hurston uses the term “horizon” as a symbol for Janie’s desire for constant gain and change. When Janie meets Joe who promises her a “far horizon” she immediately becomes interested in what he can provide for her. Since Janie did not grow up with luxury, she loos to further horizons to get more and more for herself. She will stay with Joe for as far as his “horizons” can take her until she meets someone who can take her beyond Joe’s “horizons”.