The Valpo Core Reader

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Love Essay

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Love is a very powerful emotion that can be felt towards numerous people, including family, friends, and a significant other. When love is felt towards a significant other, it usually includes strong affection for, physical attraction to, and attachment to that person. In Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie Crawford is on a search for love in her life. She finds it in her third husband, Tea Cake, even though she is of a different social class than he is. Tea Cake, to others, encapsulated everything that Janie should not look for in a husband, but to Janie, he was everything that she loved and made her happy.


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