Introduced in Chapter 2 is a blossoming pear tree. This is a symbol that Hurston uses to portray Janie's entrance into a woman's journey. It symbolizes a woman growing into maturity, just beginning to start her journey. The tree's feminine beauty fascinates Janie, and comforts her in an unexplainable way. The tree brings about the start of Janie's journey of womanhood. Soon after the image of the tree is shown to readers, Janie has her first kiss. This is similar to a Call to Adventure in the Hero Journey. Janie is beginning to feel emotions and act on them, just like most girls. However, Nanny is not too pleased and shares her slavery story. Nanny wants to see Janie protected in a marriage with Logan Killicks before she dies. She does not want to see Janie going through the hardships Nanny had to face. Janie does as Nanny pleases and marries Logan, waiting for love to come with the marriage. Janie is naive for believing that marriage would bring love. She soon discovers in her journey as a woman that love is supposed to bring marriage. She meets Joe Starks and eventually leaves Logan for him. Joe had potential for success. She marries Joe and becomes most people's envy in Eatonville. However, Joe has little respect towards Janie, just as Logan had.
The beginning of Janie's story is one that one can believe has a hopeful ending. This hope comes from the comfort a young Janie was provided underneath the pear tree. A woman's journey in life is one that Nanny did not prepare Janie for. Janie is a beautiful woman who is just starting to learn the wonders of life. The bees interacting with the flowers on the tree represent the passion inherent in women. Janie longs for bliss such as that of the pear tree and nature. (This is very transcendental of Janie). From just a few chapters we can see that Janie's relationships and woman journey is not going to be as peaceful, but will still lead her to blossom. She will face the hardships that most woman have to face in society, as well as discovering the hope of life as a woman.