In this novel, death is presented as both the traditional ending of a life and cause for grief. However, it also has a positive connotation; death is not merely an end, but the start of a new beginning. Death is often paired with an experience of rebirth. The novel also views death as a spiritual context, presenting the dying moment as a time of divine judgment. Dying is not so frightening for those who feel that they have lived a good and full life. On the contrary, characters with unrepented sins tend to fear death and attempt to fight it.
Death is a positive force in Janie’s life because it always results in a positive new beginning.