23 March 2023
Janie’s Search for Love The topic of love can never truly be determined in one category as we as individuals have different preferences. Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God experiments with several topics in one unique novel, one of which is love. This topic is portrayed through Jaine, the main character of the book as she marries three men all with different ways of showing their affection toward Janie and how well they connect with each other. It is through these marriages Jaine learns that love doesn’t happen after marriage, inner strength, and nothing last forever. Logan Killicks, Janie’s first husband where she learns that love is not something that happens when you get married. …show more content…
She felt that Joe would be the love that she was looking for as he fit her Nanny’s description of love(Hurston 130). This marriage would last 20 years as Janie tries her best to improve their relationship between them, as Joe oppresses Janie to assert his authority in and out of their relationship as “Mayor Starks”. As Hurston states, “The spirit of the marriage left the bedroom and took to living in the parlor. It was there to shake hands whenever company came to visit, but it never went back inside the bedroom again”(110). The relationship between them faded as their marriage went on and it is only after Joe’s death that Jaine expresses her inner strength as a new confidence she had not had …show more content…
Tea Cake was Jaine's first relationship where the connection between both individuals indeed did click despite the countless people who disapproved of the relationship. Hurston states, “She had wanted him to live so much and he was dead. No hour is ever eternity, but it has its right to weep. Janie held his head tightly to her breast and wept and thanked him wordlessly for giving her the chance for loving service. She had to hug him tight for soon he would be gone, and she had to tell him for the last time.”(233). Jaine had lost Tea Cake but felt grief as this was her lover she hoped to die in her old age with but taken away by her hands she now knew what it meant to lose something you love
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Tea Cake allows Janie to work with him in the Muk, which brings them closer together through their shared experiences. Tea Cake treats Janie as his equal, which finally allows her to be confident in herself and her voice. When talking about Tea Cake, Janie states, “He could be a bee to a blossom—a pear tree blossom in the spring… He was a glance from God” (Hurston 106). Janie has finally found the kind of passionate and true love she had desired as a teen while sitting under the pear tree.
As we see in the storm, Janie tells Tea Cake, “Once upon uh time, ah never ‘spected nothin’, Tea Cake, but bein’ dead from the standin’ still and tryin’ tuh laugh. But you come ‘long and made somethin’ outa me. So Ah’m thankful fuh anything we come through together” (158). Despite having gone through a deadly situation that nearly killed her due to Tea Cake’s ignorance to the warnings of the storm, she still loves him. He endangers her life, yet, rather than expressing anger or disappointment, she expresses appreciation toward him for being in her life and giving her a life to live—a life of joy.
Janie’s view of love and marriage changed over her life and she learned important life lessons along the way. In the beginning, Janie believed that marriage had the feeling of pear trees and flowers. That love would come once you were
The wish and the fulfillment." (p. 183). Janie sees Tea Cake as a source of fulfillment and happiness in her life. He has given her the feeling of freedom and independence that she has been searching for, and has allowed her to truly be
Second, Janie sacrifices her safe, happy, and comfortable life with her first husband to run off with a younger man, whom she later helps to start a small town, and who also becomes the mayor of aforementioned small town. In doing this,
Janie has many encounters with men where she felt love but she couldn’t maintain them. Her first husband held no love but rather only respect for Janie. The first husband was a gateway to her second lover, Jody. Jody loved Janie and she to him but as time progressed his ambitions destroyed what they had previously cherished.
Love, according to Jaine, is the union of two things, such as a "dust-bearing bee" (10), sinking into "the sanctum of a bloom," (10) connecting the two as a pair working together for the betterment of each other. This evidence implies that Jaine understands the concept of love through the examples the world can show her. Consequently, since Janie’s view of love is based on nature and the world, she cannot fully understand the true meaning of love, which helps to explain why she has such an unrealistic perception of love, which then leads her and others in her life to be at odds, sinking the two as a pair working together for the betterment of each other. This evidence implies that Jaine understands the concept of love through the examples the world can show her. Consequently, since Janie's view of love is based on nature and the world, she cannot fully understand the true meaning of love, which serves to explain why she has such an unrealistic perception of love.
Tea Cake trusts Janie and he doesn't feel threatened by other men but feels the need to be kind and caring and let Janie have the freedom she deserves. Janie enjoyed spending time with Tea Cake and loved the new experiences that he brought into her
Incidentally, she sees the whole fiasco of what was her relationship and decides to leave perfunctly in hopes of finding love where she is not treated like a member of the third estate. The beginning of the novel conveys a horrendous relationship and because of this, Hurston is able to create a comparison that highlights Tea Cake's good qualities. Tea Cake acts as a foil to the first two relationships and shows what social equality looks like. Tea Cake treats Jaine like an equal, whether it’s teaching her to fish, play checkers, or learning to shoot a pistol. He never looked down on her as less than while still never looking up to her as better than.
In “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” by Zora Neale Hurston’s character, Janie, has a very idealistic view of love. She wants it to be butterflies and rainbows. But as Janie fails to understand the reality of marriage because of her infatuation with her own idealistic view of love. Logan Killick and Jody Starks are two, very different people with very limited similarities. Logan Killicks is an emotionally devoid character who could not connect to Janie’s need to be loved and cherished.
Thus it is still possible to see Tea Cake as having a degree of control over Janie until the moment of his death. In each of her relationships, we watch Janie lose parts of herself under the forces of male domination. The men are not the only characters who see the traditional take on gender relations, where the men are dominant, and the women are obedient, as necessary and
(Chopin, p148) which caused Edna to commit suicide because she realized she was not happy without her kids and society wouldn’t accept her because she left her husband. Jaine returns back to her hometown after Tea Cake dies. Jaine at the end of the novel is looked at as a survivor and a hero. She left to find happiness, but he happiness that she found was not text book. Jaine found that love starts from within and has to be explored and sought out for.
In the beginning Janie feels as if Tea Cake’s age would effect their relationship. She has strong feelings for him, but on the other hand people are saying he will run off with her money. Janie proves them wrong and runs off and gets married to Tea Cake. He makes Janie feel wanted, she feels like she could be herself. Janie states, "We been tuhgether round two years.
She meets Tea Cake, falls in love, and later marries him. This marriage is by far the most special and unique marriage Janie has had. Her relationship with Tea Cake is her first true love; which consists of affection, happiness, understanding and everything else that follows. This marriage makes Janie feel like she has a second chance in life to relive her youth. Janie has lots of fun and is truly blessed and happy with Tea Cake.
Next, Janie continues on her determined journey for love when she goes off to marry Tea Cake. In the quote,