Janie has a sense for independence. She longs for more than just security and wealth. We see her persistence on independence in Chapter 1 when she wears overalls. She has confidence and an understanding comes from her experience with people. She understands that people have limited perspectives. Through her three marriages she was able to create a mature knowledge on who she is and a sense of her independence.
Where Granny thinks security and wealth is the most important, being once a slave her experience of the world is much different from Janie. She thinks stability and security by being married is most important. Security is through marriage and financial stability in Granny’s eyes. It shows the difference between the two characters. Generational changes that are seen throughout every family.