Janie’s husbands represent different periods in her life; each separation has a different impact on Janie by serving as a life lesson and broadening her world perspective. Her first husband, Logan Killicks, represents the old in every way. The main reason Janie marries him is because of Nanny’s traditional way of thinking, which is marrying for stability over happiness. Nanny
For example, Anse betrayed her by not even waiting ten minutes after burying her to go and find himself a new wife. Betrayal is a large part of their lives. Dewey Dell is like her mother in many ways. However, she too betrays Addie and Addie’s last request. Dewey Dell Bundren a lot like her mother in a variety of ways, but specifically in the way of being tricked and becoming pregnant.
She is the one female character that challenges the standard of a southern, rural woman. Unlike Cora she isn’t obedient to her husband nor God. She cheated on her husband, Anse, with a minister and isn’t sexually satisfied by Anse. Addie isn’t happy with the traditional way of life of having a husband and kids, “So I took Anse. And when I knew that I had Cash, I knew that living was terrible…”
At the recommendation of a psychologist who told her Donny was
Also, after the DCF pays Halley a visit due to an anonymous call about her prostitution, she starts to clean up her act by getting rid of her weed and making sure the room is presentable. It is clear that although these two women may fit profile of poor, careless young adults in the eyes of some, they still fiercely treasure their children and are very much in touch with their maternal feelings. Rather than the lazy, welfare dependent representation set by society, Ashley and Halley are shown to be making an effort to provide for themselves and their children as Ashley actually has a job and Halley resorts to selling perfume to tourists and prostitution as a last-ditch
In addition, she likes her every second of her children and her husband. She does not judge girls, these girls just a little bit of childhood naughty; she seems to think this is typical of child behavior. She is a loving mother and a good wife. Rebecca immediately showed her good judgment and
Cora believes that Addie: “had closed her heart to god and set that selfish mortal boy in His place”(168). Jewel is the center of Addie’s world and of her religion. He is Jesus Christ. He has suffered for the sin of his mother because he was born out of that sin: “[Whitefield] was the instrument ordained by God who created the sin, to
We couldn’t have gone on like we was today we was going backwards instead of forwards- talking ‘bout killing babies and wishing each other was dead… When it gets like that in life- you just got to do something different, push on out and do something bigger…” Mama is the one who keeps the family together by doing something different when times are tough. Mama influences the plot in a positive way and tells everyone how it is to make them understand why she does what she does and what’s going on in their family. Lena Younger in one of the most positively influential characters in the book.
A better one than she had in fact, but she can only give her so much since they live differently now. Didion says “She is an open and trusting child, unprepared for and unaccustomed to the ambushes of family life” (Didion 3) Meaning that she’s not ready for what is there to come with a “home.” I personally disagree because I don’t want my children going through what I went through especially at a young age when it happened. The experience is still hard for me to cope with and the fact that I’m an only child in the
She has unresolved issues with her mother that they have never discussion with each other. After her mother’s friends, who are the ya-ya’s, kidnap her she starts learning about her mother’s past. This is when the viewers understand how Siddalee and her mother didn’t have a close relationship and that her mother didn’t really tell her things. Siddalee learns that her mother was engaged to another man, who was her mother’s first true love and he was killed while gone in the military. This explains why her mother never had a great relationship with her father and why her parents were always fighting, which was due to her mother always comparing her father to her first true love.
Janie’s mom became an alcoholic after being raped by her own teacher. When Janie was left alone, Nanny took janie in and took care of her herself. If I were to imagine Janie with her mother if she didn’t leave, I would think that Janie would be a bit more obedient. As for hushpuppy’s mom, she left when Hushpuppy was still young. If Hushpuppy was still with her mother, I would think she would be a bit more feminine.
I believe a difficult moment for her was when her mother and Lori went away for the summer and left her in charge to pay the bills and feed the kids. Her father kept asking for money and as he expected her to do she would hand it over. He eventually convinced her that for her to get the money back he needed her to go on a “business trip” with him. This trip entailed her practically being sold to a man for sex by her own father. She kept thinking that her father would stop this man or that her father would come save her if anything were to happen.
Because of this Addie sees Jewel as her son, rather than Anse’s. Jewel shows his endurance during the journey when he’s dead set on getting Addie to Jefferson. He shows no fear while crossing the river and constantly wants to be moving. He shows the sacrifice he’s willing to make when Anse announces that he’s sold Jewel’s horse. At first Jewel is despondent, but he eventually remembers his mother’s wish