Janie learned the hard way that you actually have to love someone for your marriage to go anywhere and last long. Her first run through was with Logan. Janie only married him because of her grandma and for “protection”. We know this because Nanny tells Janie “‘Tain’t Logan Killicks Ah wants you to have, baby, it’s protection.”(Hurston 15) That was her first mistake, she married someone she didn’t even love and look how long that marriage last. Her second marriage was a little bit better at first but she began to slowly realize that she didn’t love Joe either.
Logan would then get her to help him with his framework, and make her feel less than what she should be feeling. In the book, it is stated that “she knew now that marriage did not make love. Janie’s first dream was dead, so she became a woman”. Janie believed that the marriage between herself and Logan was dead so she set out to find a new love. Janie eventually meets her
When they leave to work on the muck, Tea Cake introduces another idea that is exciting for Janie as it is the start of something new “Folks don’t do nothin’ down dere but make money and fun and foolishness” (128). Life on the muck is consistently exciting. In comparison to her last few marriages, she has had a much better life with Tea Cake. Everyone on the muck is happy and laughing and Janie finally feels at home, not only on the muck but also in her
In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, we follow our protagonist, Janie, through a journey of self-discovery. We watch Janie from when she was a child to her adulthood, slowly watching her ideals change while other dreams of hers unfortunately die. This is shown when Jane first formulates her idea of love, marriage, and intimacy by comparing it to a pear tree; erotic, beautiful, and full of life. After Janie gets married to her first spouse, Logan Killicks, she doesn’t see her love fantasy happening, but she waits because her Nanny tells her that love comes after marriage. Janie, thinking that Nanny is wise beyond her years, decides to wait.
Unfortunately, their marriage is absent of true feelings as Janie does not genuinely love Logan. Nanny merely wanted Janie to be in a safe relationship, and therefore, she arranged the marriage with him. Protective love is exhibited by Nanny as she is a caring grandmother and wants Janie to be financially stable and safe. However, the relationship with Logan does not satisfy Janie’s desire for true, unconditional love. A great deal of independence is portrayed by Janie when she decides to leave her marriage with Logan in favor of Joe Starks.
Both her and Tea Cake are not bound by the laws of society. "Things lak dat [age] got uh whole lot tuh do wid convenience, but it ain’t got nothin’ tuh do wid love." (62, Hurtson) When Tea Cake expresses his feelings about this sensitive topic, it makes Janie like him even more and she recognizes that she is grown now and is more care free and not as worried about her surroundings. Furthermore, she is mature enough to appreciate this new relationship because Tea Cake is very open and honest with her. Lastly, being till the end with tea Cake, empower Janie as a women and she is finally comfortable being alone.
Here was peace” (Hurston 193). There are multiple interpretations of this final paragraph, but one is that it explains how Tea Cake was the one who was able to give Janie the love she was looking for, and so she was able to finally find her happiness and
"I don 't want to be pigeonholed," she liked to say.” As a spectator, it seems as if Rose is trying to instill a follow your heart montro to her children at a young age. This is wrong on so many levels, because she is deciding to pursue something that won 't make her money over getting a real job that 'll make her family 's eating
In both Confetti Girl and Tortilla Sun, both narrators clearly have points of views different from their parents. In both, the narrators oppose their parents for being selfish, choosing their professional careers over their children. They put work above family, neglecting the desires and needs of their daughters. Both daughters are desperately yearning to be close to their parents. In Confetti Girl, the narrator wants her dad to listen to her, while he would rather focus on his teaching profession.
Put me down easy, Janie, Ah’m a cracked plate” (Hurston 20). Nanny is successfully able to convince her granddaughter through her own traumatic experiences and make her feel “sympathy” as she tells Janie she doesn’t want her life to be spoiled like her own life was. At first, Janie refuses to marry Logan Killicks. Nanny being the older one, defends herself by saying “put me down easy” since she can no longer care for Janie and only her wish is for Janie to get married and be protected from the dangers she and her own daughter faced. By calling herself a “cracked plate” Nanny further elucidates that she went through many hardships in her own life and wants to do the right thing for her granddaughter by
Somebody thought it natural to play”(Hurston 95-96). Janie instantly knew that Tea Cake was different. The control that her other husbands had over her made her understand how important her freedom was. Throughout her whole life, Janie experiences two different marriages before Tea Cake, so she knows what she is looking for in a man. She wants a man to treat her as an equal, compliment her, and most importantly love her.
When Janie first complains of her marriage to Logan, Nanny says, “Heah you got uh prop tuh lean on all yo’ bawn days, and big protection, and everybody got tuh tip dey hat tuh you and call you Mis’ Killics,” (23). Nanny tries to convince Janie that she should be satisfied with her status of having been able to marry a respectful man. However, Janie feels that love is necessary for her marriage, and that she will be extremely unhappy if she cannot love. For Janie, the status does not matter for any relationship; rich or poor, as it is pointless without love for one another. Her firm determination to find love leads her to marry Joe, who claims he will never make her work or suffer hardship.
In Their Eyes Were Watching God, power and control is seen throughout the book, more specifically, Janie 's life. Every time it is seen, it is shown in a slightly altered form. In each of her relationships, Janie was being controlled or had power and control in some way. In her three relationships, there was some sort of power and contol theme that showed up at various times. In the beginning of her very first relationship with Logan Killicks, Janie did not love Logan, but she thought once they were married she would learn to love him.
After discovering that her love with Logan was only a fairytale she ran away with Joe Starks believing that he could be the love like spring that she search for (a little of this mixed with luxury). His money and charm were what truly caught her attention. She arrived to the moment she long awaited and met Tea Cake, the man that truly represented spring. She loved Tea Cake with a love that came naturally. In the end she was not alone because the memory of Tea Cake would be with her as long as she lived.
We all learned to respect and love our parents. Tita’s mother, Mama Elena, isn 't the motherly material everyone wants to have. She orders people around, discourage them, and always puts the family tradition first, but not in a good way. In the beginning, Tita tries to cope with Mama Elena and her orders. “I’m sorry Mami.