1. Unlike Janie’s previous husbands, Tea Cake treats Janie with compassion and respect. In addition, he loves Janie for her personality instead of her looks and her role as a woman (housewife). 2. The speech characteristic that Tea Cake encourages Janie with is truth.
At this point Janie’s character starts to develope into a more independent woman who cared less about what he husband wanted and more about what she wanted. “Janie took the easy way away from a fuss. She didn’t change her mind but she agreed with her mouth”(Hurston 63). Janie only verbally agreed with Joe because it kept the tension down in their relationship, and made them look like they were still happy and in love. Hurston uses moments like this to show how Janie started to mature and grow, to realize that's a loveless marriage is just useless fights day after day, and when in higher power putting on a show for the
Throughout the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie faces the challenge of being herself and being what society expects of her. Her marriages show how she attempts to be herself and illustrate the stereotypical views of the female sex. Moreover, her husbands struggle in an attempt to fulfill their dreams, with varying degrees of success. Even though the quoted passage is the first thing in the book, it summarizes and captures the struggles experienced by characters like Janie, Jody, and Logan. The passage describes the fundamental difference between genders by talking about what happens to the dreams of men and women, and how people behave differently.
It develops in Aylmer’s mind until the good sight of gorgeous Georgiana fade. Aylmer does not seem integrally evil at the beginning of the story; he is described as a brilliant scientist, and it is palpable he loves his wife. A couple days after he married her he becomes the antagonist of the story. In this circumstance he begins to forget how beautiful Georgiana is and instead only focuses on her birthmark. His constant undermining of her self-image is pure evil camouflaged as loving criticism.
Teacake was a free spirit and he made Janie feel free to, because Teacake didn’t force Janie to do anything Janie loved to work alongside him. Although Teacake was Janie’s first love he still carried a bad characteristic that her other husbands did, Jealousy. He questioned her a lot but the tables turn when Janie sees Teacake flirting with another female. Janie discovered a lot within all of her marriages. She really loved Teacake but that doesn’t mean that true love doesn’t come with other pains too.
Try as they might, their tactics are of no use when in comes to the more resourceful handmaids and wives who are able to use their influence to bend the rules made by the superior men. Offred’s first meetings with the Commander demonstrate her ability to communicate with others in order to have what she wants. Although Offred is nervous during her first encounter with the Commander alone, she eventually grows more comfortable with playing Scrabble and reading magazines with him. It doesn’t take long for her to feel secure enough to make her own requests, as she states, “On the third night I asked him for some hand lotion, I didn’t want to sound begging, but I wanted what I could get” (158). Offred’s interactions with her Commander are
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. Thus, he appreciates her as a companion, despite unable to express his gratitude.
The answers to her prayers came in the form of Tea Cake, a young man twelve years her junior who was a little infamous amongst the townspeople for his mischievous antics. Tea Cake loves Janie genuinely, and doesn’t try to keep her from being who she wants to be. Although he dies before he and Janie are able to spend many years together, marrying him has an effect on Janie that causes her to forget her past grievances, and consider herself as an independent person like she always hoped to be. After Tea Cake, Janie is a free woman in that she is no longer under the oppressive restraints that she once allowed to hold her back from a life she considers worth living. The exploration of gender roles and the plight of women in Hurston’s novel continues to be relevant in today’s world, despite the fact that Their Eyes Were Watching God is now 79 years old.
I think it is unnecessary for Owen to act the way he does. I also believe that Owen is charming. Despite the fact that Johnny’s grandmother despises Owen for many years, he manages to win her over. They find something that they have in common, bond over it, and become good friends: “But my grandmother and Owen Meany twittered over him as hysterically as the blue-haired ladies in Liberace’s audience did,” (262). Other than Owen being controlling, I love and admire him.
Killicks provides Janie a want and a need to seek more fulfilling life. Starks provides Janie with this fulfilling life, but disables Janie to recognize and embrace her true self. Tea Cake provides Janie with the ability to find her voice, yet he, like Killicks and Starks, subjects her to a male-domineering nature. Each man provides Janie with new horizons, and each of those horizons provide her with the opportunity to re-invent herself. Although, as Toni Morrison states, Janie "had nothing to fall back on" and found herself to be alone, she has found a new connection to life, namely, one that does not center around a