Marriage is usually perceived as a momentous event that finally unites man and wife as equals. However, in Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie, the protagonist, faces the contrary. Although her second husband, Jody, treated her as an equal during the beginning of their relationship, she eventually is treated as a lesser part of their union as he asserts his dominance over her. After the death of Jody, Janie eventually found Tea Cake, who treated her fairly throughout their relationship, as shown through his natural willingness and patience to teach her how to play checkers. With their relationship, Janie experienced a marriage where she had the right to make her own decisions and express herself.
Ruth tells James about her past although she avoided and ran away from it for many years. She passed on her actions and reactions to her children, especially James, as she formed a family. James learning about his mother's past made him realize that he resembles Ruth in many ways. They both grieved on their own, but how they grieved was similar. Whether it was drugs or a bike ride, they both had their own way to run.
One example of how Ruth’s sorrow is shown to the reader is early in the story when the narrator introduces her, saying “Ruth’s arm, linked with Matt’s tightened, he looked at her. Beneath her eyes there was swelling from the three days she had suffered” (111). This introduction to Ruth’s character is able to display her feelings of misery because of the fact that one of the first traits the reader learns about Ruth is that she had cried for three days after the loss of Frank, which informs the reader that Ruth’s most prominent trait in the story is going to be her misery and that all of her other traits are just secondary when compared to her suffering. Another example of how Ruth is affected by loss and suffering is shown the night of Richard’s murder when Matt reflects on how “he believed Ruth knew... When Ruth said good night she looked at his face, and he felt she could see in his eyes the gun, and the night he was going to” (116-117).
Even his wife Ruth is not living the life that she wants to live in. She is separated from her husband because of a worthless item that hides and covers the beauty of life from him. Rather than living in a fancy house, she’s living in a house that looks like "a prison than palace." Her depression is evolving over time even though she’s also a member of this wealthy family. She tries to prevent this from happening by trying to keep her son close to her all the time as what her father used to do with her, as said, “Her steady beam of love was unsettling, and she had never dropped those expressions of affection that had been so lovable in her childhood.”
But try as she might, “She couldn’t make him look just like any other man to her. He looked like the love thoughts of women. He could be a bee to a blossom-a pear tree blossom in the spring.” (106) This was a new kind of love, a more dangerous type of love that Janie had never before experienced and as she so aptly says, “Ah done lived Grandma’s way, now Ah means tuh live mine” (114) No longer will security dictate Janie’s definition of love, it is time for her to make her own interpretation. Tea Cake and Janie soon get married and start their lives anew in the Everglades, blissfully coexisting and enjoying the others company.
Although she was madly in love with Abelard, Heloise would much rather be considered his friend, or even his prostitute, than any title even resembling that of a wife. She writes, “the name of wife may seem more sacred or binding, but sweeter for me will be always be the word friend, or… that of concubine or whore,” (Heloise 51). When Abelard proposes marriage, Heloise does all in her power to dissuade him from this notion. She tells him of “the loss to the Church and grief of philosophers which would greet such a which would greet such a marriage,” (Abelard 13). When these points do not dissuade Abelard, Heloise tells him of the “annoyances of marriage and its endless anxieties,” (Abelard 14), and that their marriage would ultimately be a form of Abelard’s servitude to her.
In the narrative, Oates recalls her high school years in which she reconnects with Ruth Weidel, who gave teachers the implication that “something had happened” and how they “treated her guardedly” (Oates 561). This ties into the theme of the individual versus society. When she lived with her family, Ruth and the rest of her family were treated as outcasts and were talked about behind their backs. Now in high school, she remained alone until Oates worked up the nerve to befriend. Something had caused her to mature quickly and in the midst of that growth, Ruth created a barrier to protect herself from anymore pain.
It is straight forward giving only important details that are necessary to fully convey the story. As in the other narratives, a problem is presented where only God’s grace can completely restore the people involved. In this case, it was a foreigner and an Israelite being family through marriage. These two women made a journey to Israel following complete devastation in losing both of their husbands, one of course being also being a son. The other daughter-in-law made the decision to go back home to her country, but Ruth was determined to stay with Naomi and go back with her.
Marriage is the turn where women lose their own individuality and become dependent and under the control of men. During a conversation with Anna, she says how she is dependent on David after marriage. Anna’s is crucial after her marriage, as, she could not act according to her own will. The narrator says about marriage as, “But marriage was like Monopoly or doing crossword puzzles, either your mind didn’t. A small neutral country” (111).
When Ruth lets Walter win the arguments, he thinks he is right, even though most of the time he isn’t so than with him thinking he is always right, they argue more because Ruth knows he isn’t. In conclusion, Ruth and Walter are the characters who influence the plot the most because they are always arguing and complaining to each other. Ruth and Walter are a married couple and disagree about things which causes conflict between the
The book of Ruth is one of the great love stories of all time (Hindson, Towns, 2013 p.111). The book would have been written sometime after the period of the judges (1375-1050 BC), purpose of the book is to show how three people in this book remained strong in character and true to God even when the society around them was collapsing. Ruth was a female, Gentile, pagan, a widowed and a Moabitess. The Moabites were descendants of Lot. She plays important role as the great grandmother of King David (Ruth 4:18) and ancestress in Jesus of Nazareth of line.
Ruth was born in Poland in 1921. She is James’ mother and she has lived quite a rough life. She was born in Poland, but raised in the south. Her and her siblings weren’t loved by their father, he was quite cruel. She had been sexually abused by her father and was very scared of him, but didn’t want anything bad to happen to him.
Through his work Winesburg, Ohio, Sherwood Anderson presents an interesting take on a small town in America. During his story, he makes a comment on the downfalls of heterosexual relationships and why these relationships do not work. To example the problem with these relationships, he focuses in on the actions of both men and women. Throughout the story, the narrator shows readers again and again that desire can be confusing for both men and women, but a man’s desire rules over woman’s desire, and a woman’s desire benefits a man. The narrator does not grant any character the liberty of fulling explaining their desire to another character, but regardless of whether the men understand a woman’s desire or not, the male’s desire is more important
Yet, at home, she devotes love and curiosity to her family. This contrasts to multiple other characters, as the relationship between Ruth and her single mother is inspiring. Accordingly, she respects her mother, who provides encouragements like, “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” With pure gratitude, Ruth seeks to apply her mother’s words. When bullies trouble Philip, Ruth can empathise with him.