Logan and Joe both supported Janie financially but did not fulfill her personal wants and desires. In Janie’s first marriage, her idea of being a wife is much different than Logan’s. Nevertheless, in her second marriage, she was a mere shadow. Janie was constantly being left alone without any of her personal wants being brought to her. Among the three, Tea Cake was fluently described as the best husband.
After reading Hibben’s critique I agree with the statements she makes. Hibben’s talks about how Tea Cake and Janie’s relationship was different from the others. When Janie was with Mister Killicks she didn’t care about his “land, and his sagging belly, and his toenails that looked like mules’ feet,” she wanted love not material things. Janie wasn’t pleased with all the nice things she could obtain from marrying Mister Killicks, she was looking for the happiness love would give her, not what Killicks had. This can also explain why Janie ran away with Joe Starks.
This event is important because the men thought that women were just “tramps” and had no use. This also reveals that men thought it was the woman's fault when Candy says, “You done it, di’nt you?” Also he thought that she had it coming to her. I can infer that if Lennie killed a man, Candy would not have said that. As Candy explains to George in the middle of the novel, “She ain't concealin’ nothing. I never seen nobody like her.
Without even thinking twice about it, Curley believes the worst of his wife and that she has no devotion at all. The act displays that there is no trust between the two of them and they do not have a strong bond. Ergo, Curley and his wife confirm that loyalty is needed in order for there to be a strong relationship between people. In conclusion, Of Mice and Men effectively shows how important loyalty is between people. Without it, relationships will be broken down to nothing.
On the other hand, Starving is another symbol that the writer uses to represent how the family feels about Papi. Papi is starving his family of affection and love, while they all seem to desire some of Papi’s love and affection Papi seem very distant from them. Yunior disapproves completely of his father’s affair by the vomiting when he gets in the van, a van his father got to impress his mistress. The van is a symbol of Papi’s affair and therefore Yunior dislikes the van. The reason he doesn’t tell his mom about the affair is because he wants his father to like him in part and in part because maybe he does not want to see his family split and to see his mom suffer.
In the story, thank you, ma’am the character Rodger comes from a home with no parents and no one to tell him right from wrong. Rodger tries to steal a woman’s purse her name was Mrs. Jones, who afterward takes him in and teaches him a huge lesson on good things come from good actions, which I think changed him. Only because after meeting Mrs. Jones on page 32 Rodger stated “do you need someone to go to the store to get some milk or something?” Because he wants to earn his trust back as you see Rodger knows right from wrong even without parents he chooses the wrong things only because he is rather too lazy to work for it or he just turns to stealing because it’s his only choice left to get what he wants. By Mrs. Jones repaying him
Joe mediates this by trying gain more authority over what Janie does. Specifically Joe forces Janie to wear a head-rag, “[t]his business of the head-rag irked her endlessly. But [Joe] was set on it. Her hair was NOT going to show in the store. It didn’t seem sensible at all.” (Hurston 55).
Valencia, who epitomizes the average housewife, also represents the unexpressed discontentment of many married couples. She loves Billy excessively, but he does not reciprocate this. Billy continues to have the same “so it goes” attitude and is both indifferent and impassive to her death. This emotionless outlook substantiates the fact that he marries her purely for the sake of having a significant other, and does not genuinely love her. Upon thinking about their marriage together
And at times like these, self-esteem is even more vital than food’” (186). By keeping the ring for herself Rose gave up the opportunity to get food for her kids. This HURT her kids because they would have to go another day without any meals. Their mother’s beliefs and selfishness hurt them by making them not fit in, live in poverty, and starve many times. Although, all of the hardships Jeannette faced helped her not have to depend on others later in life.
Basically as if he, being a man, was greater than her, being a woman. The fact that Milkman changed the way he saw his mother because of his actions communicates Morrison’s portrayal of women. Since Milkman never had anything serious with these women, he never took them seriously. All these women would provide was sexual pleasure; therefore they were viewed as something with little to no importance. Milkman didn’t become less than what he was because he’s a man, but it’s not the same for women.