Summing up the contents, the metaphor used for highlighting that Janie has a bigger love for Tea Cake than she did for any other and jealousy about Nunkie’s action. The main theme of Their Eyes Were Watching God is not love. The love would be just a tool to lead the story smoothly. However, this story is expressing many important thing through the Janie’s progress of love. And the author uses many thing such as metaphor and contrast to show
Referring to contemporary issues, the lyrical I would be classified as a lower ranked person since she is black and being occupied as a maid, which clearly makes her powerless and voiceless in society. Also, the fact that the lyrical I craves the gaze of Actaeon, represents the way the black maiden actually is not seen as a full person, she is just a maiden, a slave of the white and fair goddess. Regarding to dynamics of power and gender, white men, as mentioned before, have the most power and therefore are dominant, followed by white women. This issue is also indicated by the craving and want of Actaeon’s validation, therefore a black woman remains unseen, just as a
In her essay “hip hop’s betrayal of black women,” Jennifer McLune implies that “(h)ip-hop owes its success to the ideology of women-hating” (193). She does not agree with Kevin Powell’s article that hip-hop does not mean to “offend” black women, but instead artists are only letting out their temper throughout their music. McLune feels infuriated that many artists in hip hop (including black men) rap about their community and downgrade their own women. In the hip-hop genre, sexism is mainly used, not only by black men but also by many other race hip-hop artists. Artists assume that women-hating in their rap songs will be accepted by women, but do not realize that it is affecting all women.
Milkman eyes are warm and brown and can tell who she is by looking into her eyes. Reba and Pilate Dead try to comfort Hagar by disagreeing with her thoughts about Milkman’s likes and dislikes because she does not have to compare herself to a Caucasian female. With this in mind, Hagar Dead is not aware of her self-worth because she is too caught up in trying to impress a men that does not want her. Not along she should not trying to impress a man at all. A man
The people in Eatonville only focus on her light skin, and treat her like an outsider. The people gossip about her and wonder why she left town with Tea Cake, a younger and poorer man. Throughout her life, Janie is never able to make her own decisions, and is defined by her husbands. Upon her return to Eatonville after the death of her third husband, Tea Cake, Janie discovers who she is, and decides to narrate her story with a powerful female voice. During the storytelling session, Janie talks words of wisdom to Pheoby.
Through her mother’s criticisms, her lack of confidence, and her desire to fit in with the community, Charlotte is shown to be insecure. Charlotte’s insecurity is a partial result of her mother’s disapproving and unresponsive nature. Unlike Charlotte’s father, who listens attentively and enthusiastically to Charlotte’s day at school, Charlotte’s mother shows no interest. She simply gives a half-hearted comment, “without emphasis of any kind”(71), then changes the subject. Additionally, when Charlotte is distressed over Ms. Hancock's death, her mother gets irritated and blames her for “disturbing the even tenor of [their] home”(80).
The parallelism emphasizes how long Janie had waited to grow into a mature woman and explicates the foundation of future love beliefs. When Tea Cake and Janie become closer, Tea Cake introduces to fun activities that Janie has never been exposed to before, as Joe would not let her participate in leisure activities due to his insane jealousy. Hurston displays a new side of Janie actually enjoying her love life by asserting, “Tea Cake and Janie gone hunting. Tea Cake and Janie gone fishing. Tea Cake and Janie gone to Orlando to the movies.
When she was with Jody Starks, a man who provided Janie elegant things but limited her voice and power. Jody would often restricted Janie from associating with the town members, he would make her hide her beautiful hair, and insulted her by telling her she looks old multiple of times (Hurston 47, 49, 79). After meeting with her true love, Tea Cake, she was able to find her own voice. They went through many adventures and obstacles together. When she came back to Eatonville after his death, she no longer cared about the gossips.
She was treated as if she had a lower social class than the rest of her family. Her step-mother “could not bear the good qualities of this pretty girl, and the less because they made her own daughters appear the more odious.” This jealousy led to taking power over her, overloading her with chores in the house and treating her as an object rather than human. They were so cruel to her, as they even mocked her, with her name originally being “Cinderwench.” She couldn’t tell her father about the cruelties that she dealt with, since if she did, her father “would have rattled her off; for his wife governed him entirely.” When the King’s son invited everyone to his ball, although Cinderella yearned to go, she was not allowed. Instead, she had to help her sisters prepare to attend the ball, When her sisters mentioned Cinderella attending the ball, they shook the topic off by stating “‘it would make the people laugh to see a Cinderwench at a ball.’” They ridiculed the person that helped them to prepare for the event and stayed ignorant to Cinderella’s feelings or wants towards the
This phenomenon has led to serious problematic implications for Black women. As Wallace claims, it is not beneficial for Black women to make them feel they are invincible and unsusceptible to the dangers of the world. It is an injustice rather, to perpetuate the stereotype as being weak is the key to becoming strong. Black Male/Female Relationships Wallace states that Black men have an affinity for White women, that has resulted out Wallace (1979) states that there has been a breakdown in Black male and female relationships due to a
In this marriage she experiences freedom and finds out what love really is, which allows her to grow. Joe did not allow Janie to play checkers but Tea Cake did. Tea Cake “..set it up and began to show her and she found herself glowing inside. Somebody wanted her to play. Somebody thought it natural to play”(Hurston 95-96).
Nunkie would flirt with Tea Cake even if she knew Janie was watching. Tea Cake never paid attention to it, but Janie disliked being jealous and she despised Nunkie. Being jealous and deciding to work had transformed Janie into the strong-willed independent woman that is introduced in the beginning of the
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.
Women in this time were expected to be pure and pias. Women also did not plage a huge role in how history was being written. Black women specifically were double oppressed due to the fact that they were a woman and black. Distinctions that Zinn cited between white and black female oppression were obviously the racial bias, and the class condition and class bias. Women have always been held behind men in society but as a black women you were extra behind.
Janie isn’t sure that Tea Cake really loves her back. Some examples of her doubt in him include when she thought that he had taken her money and left right after they were married, and then again when she caught him with Nunkie. Both times, Tea Cake is able to convince Janie that he doesn’t love her for her money, and that she is the only woman for him, by saying things like “You’se something tuh make a man forgit tuh git old and forgit tuh die.” (p. 138) Because Janie was already independent, she didn’t need Tea Cake, but she felt that she did because she loved him so