In any relationship, one changes, whether it is with a family member or a more romantic relationship. Interaction with others affects how one sees themselves and how one will change through the course of the interaction. Janie Crawford, in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, experiences three different romantic relationships -- each different in its own right. Janie learns a great deal from each relationship. Each marriage provides Janie with different life experiences, and new ideas to consider in her life. Her independence and evolution truly comes from the uniqueness in each of her relationships. In Janie’s relationship with her first husband Logan Killicks, she learns about the concept of marriage and the different …show more content…
His name, Vergible Woods or Tea Cake, and he will show Janie a whole new world. From Janie’s new relationship with Tea Cake she learns about true happiness. Tea Cake is the first to truly make her laugh and smile. Tea Cake is the picture of a true gentleman. He introduces Janie to many new things such as fishing. Janie is quick to fall in love with it: “It was so crazy digging worms by lamp light and setting out for Lake Sabelia after midnight that she felt like a child breaking rules. That 's what made Janie like it" (102). Finally Janie is happy and she feels free for the first time in her married life. Because of this joy stemming from him, Janie loves to be around Tea Cake and spending time with him. They do absolutely everything together. They soon decide on marriage, and Janie gets a new, blue satin dress, earrings, high heels, and a necklace that Tea Cake has picked out for her. Unlike her previous husbands, she wants to make Tea Cake proud of her and proud to be married to 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
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In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie’s happiness and self-fulfillment greatly depended on the man whom she was in a relationship with. From, the beginning of the novel, Janie never followed the path that had the utmost value to herself; She always settled for what other people thought was best for her. This made Janie never quite content with her situation and caused her happiness and self-fulfillment to be hindered by her circumstances. The horizon, a motif representing dreams, wishes, the possibility of change, and improvement of ones’ self, is the point in which Janie’s journey of self-discovery is illustrated by.
Unlike her previous relationships that were full of contention and sadness, she has found the perfect love by being with Tea Cake. When Janie first meets Tea Cake she finds him very attractive and agreeable to be around. He asks her to play checkers with him and teaches her the rules of the game.
She endured a lot, and these romances that would inevitably break her didn't help her in the end. Greed is the demise of our society, and Janie's relationships are no exception. Tea Cake, her third husband, is gone for a whole day and when he returns home to Janie; he says, "Don't need tuh ast me where Ah been all dis time, 'cause it's
Janie has many encounters with men where she felt love but she couldn’t maintain them. Her first husband held no love but rather only respect for Janie. The first husband was a gateway to her second lover, Jody. Jody loved Janie and she to him but as time progressed his ambitions destroyed what they had previously cherished.
Compared to Logan and Jody he was much younger than them and didn't have the intention to be possessive and control Janie. He was very adventurous and took risks in life, which was very different from her other husbands that wanted more stability and security. Tea Cake respected and made Janie feel valued and loved unlike Logan and Jody. Tea Cake brought out a new side of Janie that she never knew he had, they went on fishing trips, hunting trips, picnics together. They as well went to do manual labor and pick beans, which Janie found challenging but a new experience she never knew she would experience.
For example, when she seeks love, she marries Logan. When she realizes that she cannot attain love through marriage, she desires wealth and power. In order to obtain this, Janie leaves Logan to marry Jody Starks. She is constantly moving from desire to desire every time she is unhappy with her present condition. It would be in her best interest to set realistic goals for herself, and settle in to her life in a way that will provide her with the most efficient method to obtain her goal.
In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie’s flaws about love continuously brought her to the same ending with all of her husbands, no matter how long the marriage lasted. In The Odyssey, Calypso was trapped on an island to fall in love with men who washed ashore. The fatality of her faults was her over affection and her need for love while being so alone on her island, Ogygia. Their weaknesses are exact opposites, specifically in their relationships with men. The flaws are role in relationship, attachment to men, and lastly, their submissiveness to men.
Janie, at first, doubts Tea Cake loves her because of her age and then, on account of her fortune, fears he may have married her only to run off with her money. However, Tea Cake proves through and through that he loves Janie for Janie and treats her with love accordingly. Though Janie and Tea Cake’s marriage is not perfect, (such as when he beats her to show Mrs. Turner and her brother that he is in possession of Janie) she has found the “bee for her bloom” in Tea Cake. Willingly, unlike with Killicks who would have forced her, Janie works with her husband in the fields when she and Tea Cake make a home in the Everglades (184–185).
Self-discovery is essential to a prosperous life. In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie, the main character, discovers who she is through her relationships. Janie learns from each of her experiences, but the most significant are her husbands: Logan, Jody, and Tea Cake. Each of these people attempt to control her thoughts and actions, but Janie rebels against them. Janie stands up for what she believes in, and through these confrontations, she better understands herself.
People come into our lives for different reasons. Some leave a positive impact, while others bring negativity. Readers and critics alike have treasured Zora Neale Hurston’s 20th century novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, for generations particularly for its complex portrayal of the different main characters. The people a person meet and the experiences that person many go through in their lifetime can alter a person significantly. Through the tyrannical words of Joe Starks and the inconsiderate actions of Nanny, Janie in the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God is negatively influenced as her actions and thoughts alter her life.
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.
When tea cake shows up janie 's feels something she has never felt before, she is set free but the townspeople don 't think so. “‘Ain’t you skeered he’s jes after yo’ money him bein’ younger than you?’” (Hurston pg.133)Janie is in love with Tea Cake because he loves her for her youthful young side that was forced into hiding for so long because of her previous husbands. However the rest of the community is discouraging her and trying to keep her in the image as a mayor 's wife. They told Janie that Tea Cake was after her money
After Joe died, Janie “tore the kerchief from her head and let down her plentiful hair” (87). Janie doing this could be an act of rebellion against Joe because he could no longer tell her who to be. Later when Janie meets and marries Tea Cake, she wear overalls, which puts her back to where she began. Janie began in a lower social class, then she was middle class with Logan and Joe, then regressed to a lower class with Tea Cake. This makes Janie realize that money is not everything and happiness comes with someone
In the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, the protagonist Janie, is influenced by others to change her ideals. Hurston vividly portrays Janie’s outward struggle while emphasising her inward struggle by expressing Janie’s thoughts and emotions. In Kate Chopin’s The Awakening the protagonist is concisely characterized as having “that outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions,” as Janie does. Janie conforms outwardly to her life but questions inwardly to her marriages with Logan Killicks, her first husband, and Joe Starks, her second husband; Janie also questions her grandmother's influence on what love and marriage is.
The fact that Janie is finally having a relationship where she and her significant other can be together without discomfort or barriers is important – she’s finally in a situation where she feels not only satisfied sexually (107), but content emotionally. Their silence is found on page 103, and is important because it’s a shared and comfortable silence, unlike all previous silences. Tea Cake comes to Janie’s house expectantly and without warning. They cooked dinner together – they both work together within the very domestic process of making dinner. Tea Cake sings and plays piano, and she is able to fall asleep.