With each stage of her life, Janie realizes more and more that her life is most like the life of an ordinary mule.
When Janie is a child, her grandmother, Nanny, usually compares black women and mules.
She truly believes that in this marriage, she will find a true love and become really happy. Just like a mule, Janie is forced to work in the field with her husband.
Janie continues to believe that working together, she can be closer to her husband.
Hurston begins and ends the story with one and the same setting and people.
The major character, Janie, tells the story of her life to one of her friends, Pheoby Watson.Nanny does not see another way for good and free life for her Janie but a marriage.It is not that important to marry for love and happiness.The image of mules also represents Janie’s life, her searching, and social status.Actually, mules represent Janie’s position in several ways.The third example of metaphor, a mule, is an image of African American’s status during the Great Depression.Hurston tries to underline the plight of African American workers by comparing them with the mules.He made her fall in love with him and took away from the husband. He buys the mule and takes it away from Bonner just in order to make it his own property.This mule becomes one of the major themes for discussions.Granny tells that love and happiness may come with time.A family is the very place where true love will appear.