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I would say Nancy Crawford Janie's grandmother, shapes Janie's early life. She affects Janie's outlook on her life and is the impetus to leave Logan Killicks.Janie's grandmother is a former slave who represents the thoughts and fears of the men and women of the slave era. Nanny values wealth and security over anything else and too strongly encourages Janie to marry Logan Killicks because he possesses some land and a mule. Janie's first major triumph is to escape her grandmother's vision of happiness and recognize that she should seek her own type of freedom.