In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie merely wants to love someone, but that choice is ripped out of her hands when Nanny makes her marry someone she does not love. This marriage as well as another one does not work out because she never learns to love them. Finally, she meets Tea Cake, and falls madly in love with him even though he is a lot younger than she is. He is someone that she can truly love while still being able to be herself. They go through their struggles as well and sadly, he dies by the end of the novel.
Janie threatens Joe because of her free will Joe Starks feels threatened by Janie because of her independence. When Janie is asked to give a speech, Joe cuts in and says, “Thank yuh fuh yo’ compliments, but mah wife don’t know nothin’ ‘bout no speech makin’. Ah never married her for nothin’ lak dat. She’s a woman and her place is in de home” (43). Joe Starks wants Janie to be an object that is to be admired and to help her husband when needed.
Because Janie wanted to get away from Logan, she quickly decides to run away and marry Jody. At first Jody treats her wonderfully and has big ideas for their future. Soon, however, Janie realizes that Jody worries more about his reputation and ego then he does for her. He wants everything in his life to be perfect, including Janie. When Janie asks Jody if she can go to the dragging out of the mule, Jody promptly denies her because the mayor’s wife “wouldn’t be seen at uh draggin’out” (60).
Janie now as a widow, evolves into another relationship with a man named Tea Cake. Tea Cake shows janie that he really cares about her and doesn 't seem like the other men. With janie 's track record, she told herself that she wouldn 't end up in the same situation as she once was in. Although janie 's friends and her close family told her to just stay away from him because they didn 't want to see her go through something else all over again. But janie decides to ignore all of their concerns so, Tea Cake and Janie latter decide to get married.
When Janie sees that Logan does not give her the affection and care she’s always wanted she allows herself to be wooed by Joe Starks. Swoon by his fanciful promises, Janie elopes with Joe and goes to a new town named Eatonville. There she earns herself the position of mayor’s wife. She lives a high lifestyle with Joe, but again lacks that needed affection. Joe starts to stop caring about her and focuses on his grocery store, his ambition, and his pride.
Even though Logan was not a bad man, Janie did not love him, and ended up leaving him for her second husband, Jody. Now, Jody was a great man who had ambitions and treated everyone the way they should have been treated in the beginning, but that didn’t last very long. A few years into the marriage, Jody started beating Janie because of his own insecurities that were too much for him to control. The main two of these insecurities would be jealousy and his own aging body. These two things do not go very well when mixed with having a beautiful and young wife.
Before we even meet Curley’s wife Candy criticizes her for flirting with men other than her husband , leaving readers with a negative impression of her. With no real companionship on the ranch, however we later learn that she simply yearned for attention, using the only weapon she had: her sexual
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.
The voiceless, beautiful, store keeper pales in comparison to the smart, talented identity Janie’s thoughts demonstrate her to be. After twenty years of a growing tension, Janie’s thick rope snaps and she tells Jody how she feels Which ultimately kills him. Once again, Janie conforms to the mold of a mourning widow, dressed in black. Contrary to most people 's knowledge, she is overjoyed in the new found freedom she now possesses, but still cannot express. The idea of having to conform outwardly hurt Janie.
Tea Cake fulfills all three of those things and that is why Janie loves him. He shows her how to love and makes her become aware of the freedom she deserves in a marriage. Janie goes her whole life looking for a special man that meets her standards and finally find
‘She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart she never loved anyone except me!’” (Fitzgerald 130). Gatsby continues to use words that convey possession. He expresses that Daisy “never loved” her husband Tom as if Gatsby knows this for certain.
Janie finds out that her second attempt to marriage does not give what she desires, and it is only in her “condemned” marriage that Janie finally achieves her true love and happiness. After marrying Jody, Janie was deceived into thinking she was living a high-class life, but in reality was confined even more in this marriage than her last one. Janie is not allowed to participate in any town events that are ruled as un-lady like by Jody. On the outside, Janie is restricted to the general store or the house, but in those times she would constantly question why she was not able to behave like a man. It is only when Janie marries Tea Cake, a man younger than her, that she achieves her quest of finding true love and subsequently her happiness.
The strong, protectors who would bring home the money while their wives were the caregivers who kept them satisfied and never left home. This lead to the oppression of women in marriages since they didn’t have many liberties and were frowned upon if they wanted to be more than just a housewife. In the story Chopin suggests that Mrs. Mallard was rejoicing her husband’s death because she knew that once he was gone she would no longer be oppressed and was free to do what she pleased. In reference to the film when Mrs. Millard shared the news to her husband about her healthy heart and that she was able to be more productive her husband didn’t seemed too pleased. He wanted to keep his wife locked away in their home while he traveled to all the places Mrs. Mallard dreamed of
Like Ray Rice’s wife, She is taking a lot of backlash for marrying her abuser. Women marrying their abuser is actually very common, but goes unnoticed because their partner or themselves are not famous. This happens especially if there are children involved, they want the family to stay intact, and the violence to stop. If they rely on his paycheck, they want the paycheck to continue, and the violence to stop. Many victims love their abuser and what they want most is for that love to continue and the violence to stop.
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Hurston introduces readers to the life of Janie Crawford living in rural Florida during the early twentieth century. During this time, women, specifically black women, were considered to be property of men in the south. Legally, women had no voice. Janie Crawford, as well as many others find themselves in a society expecting more out of life than what the time period has to offer. Through love affairs, catastrophes and death, Hurston shows readers how a small voice can make a difference.