Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Logan Killicks Character Analysis

A wealthy farmer and land-owner, Logan Killick's is Janie's first husband. Their marriage is arranged by Janie's grandmother Nanny, a former slave who desires financial security and social status for Janie, and thinks that goal is more important than paying any attention to her granddaughter's own individual desires. Logan forcefully demands that Janie work behind the plow alongside him on the field, making her feel dehumanized and disrespected. Janie ends up leaving Logan for Jody Starks.

Logan Killicks Quotes in Their Eyes Were Watching God

The Their Eyes Were Watching God quotes below are all either spoken by Logan Killicks or refer to Logan Killicks. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 3 Quotes

She knew now that marriage did not make love. Janie's first dream was dead, so she became a woman.

Related Characters: Janie Crawford, Logan Killicks
Page Number: 25
Explanation and Analysis:

In Chapter 3, Janie discusses her romantic woes with Nanny: now three months married, Janie still feels no affection for Logan. Nanny encourages her to "wait awhile," and yet in the privacy of her room, she prays for Janie's future. Nanny dies at the end of the chapter, and Janie begins "to stand around the gate and expect things" again. 

Here, the narrator associates womanhood with disillusionment — Janie only becomes a woman when she understands that marriage does not "compel love like the sun the day." Readers can consider this definition in conjunction with Nanny's earlier one, her conviction that Janie is a woman because she has kissed Johnny Taylor. 

The relationship between marriage and love is a thorny, messy one throughout the novel, following Janie's first experience of the pear tree. She sees the love shared by bees and flowers and thinks: So this was marriage! Yet she goes on to enter, and then leave, two unfortunate marriages, both devoid of passion and mutual respect. Hurston hardly wants to prove Janie wrong; instead, she encourages us to consider the complexity of marriage, at once a legal contract and an emotional one.

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Logan Killicks Character Timeline in Their Eyes Were Watching God

The timeline below shows where the character Logan Killicks appears in Their Eyes Were Watching God. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...Janie and Johnny kiss from inside the house, and quickly arranges for Janie to marry Logan Killicks, a rich, middle-aged local farmer. Nanny explains that she doesn't want to see Janie... (full context)
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When Janie protests against marrying Logan, Nanny defends her decision by describing her own difficult past. Nanny was born into slavery... (full context)
Chapter 3
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During the anxious "few days to live before" marrying Logan Killicks, Janie contemplates whether or not she will ever grow to love her future husband,... (full context)
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Janie is then met with severe criticism: Nanny calls attention to Logan's wealth, again making reference to his sixty-acres of property, and reprimands Janie for not appreciating... (full context)
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...will take care of her granddaughter. Within a month, Nanny dies. Through her marriage to Logan, Janie's dream of marriage bringing about love or somehow being equivalent to it is proven... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Over time, Logan becomes not only less affectionate toward Janie, but begins to boss her around aggressively and... (full context)
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One morning, Logan leaves home to go buy a second mule so that Janie and he can both... (full context)
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...refer to him by a special nickname – Jody. After scoffing at the idea of Logan making "a dog outa" his wife by forcing her to work behind a plow, Jody... (full context)
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When Logan returns, Janie and he fight again: Logan reiterates his belief that Janie is spoiled and... (full context)