Maya Angelou once said “I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn” and this applies to Janie when going through her marriages with Logan, Joe, and Tea Cake. In Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, she expresses how a girl can mature through her womanhood by facing many obstacles in her life, but not allowing them to stop her but to make her better. The use of motifs help the reader grasp a better understanding of the change and progress by using items such as the pear tree, the mule, and Janie’s hair to provide a deeper understanding of the context. There was plenty of symbolic representation in the book such as the pear tree which symbolizes Janie’s life and how through each marriage she grew on to the peach tree. The idea …show more content…
Nanny wants her to have a man with money, but as Janie undergoes her marriage with Logan she finds out that the bond is more important than the money. Janie didn 't love Logan and didn 't like how he treated her. This relates to the motif of the pear tree because all Janie wants is love from a man, like how “the tree receives from the pollen-bearing bee”( Dilbeck 102).The tree represents her life and how she is looking for that special man which the bee represents. Janie’s marriage with Logan made her realize that she should not be treated like property and that she deserves better. After the marriage with Logan failed, Janie thought that Joe was the one. He turned out to be very controlling and possessive of her. He did not allow her to do anything and thought that “a pretty doll-baby lak [her] is made to sit on de front porch and rock and fan [herself] and eat p’taters dat other folks plant just special for [her]”(Hurston 29). Janie realized that she should be able to have some type of freedom in her marriage, and not feel …show more content…
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). 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. 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
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Even though none of Janie’s three marriages were perfect, I noticed that her third husband, Tea Cake, was the finest husband that Janie had throughout her lifetime. I can to this realization when Janie mentioned in the book that Tea Cake was her real first love. Throughout their twelve years of marriage, Tea Cake taught her to find ultimate happiness and understanding in herself.. Whereas Logan treated her like a pet and Jody silenced her, Tea Cake encouraged her personality and introduced her to new skills and experiences.
TeaCake helps Janie to build as a person rather than to tear her down as the others did. In this marriage there is no one to treat her unfairly or to silence her instead her personality develops, allowed to voice her opinion on topics brings out a new Janie. For the first time she experiences freedom in her marriage working in the bean fields alongside teacake, being allowed to dance, and gossip with the common folk. This marriage will make Janie fell as if she has gotten a second chance at her youth their marriage being field with love, happiness, and most importantly passion. When teacake comes up missing for a few days Janie begins to come worried and prays to god saying “But oh God, don’t let Tea Cake be off somewhere hurt and Ah not know nothing about it.
In Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, Tea Cake and Janie's love fulfills the symbol of the bee and the pear tree because Tea Cake allows Janie equality, love, and passion. Janie begins her life learning about love through a bee and a pear tree. She learns of the passion, equality, and love both the pear tree and bee have for each other. The pear tree allows the bee to be enveloped in the petals where neither partner is dominant but full of love and devotion for each other. Janie found this love through Tea Cake.
(99) Tea Cake genuinely cares for Janie. While he may seem risky, he always wants the best for her. Compared to her previous marriages, Janie has much more power, and the control is evenly distributed. Tea Cake, an excellent gambler, runs off with Janie’s money to gamble one day. Janie does not hear from him for a while, and the community's beliefs are becoming true.
Her final husband is Tea Cake, who in the book is portrayed as a perfect husband for Janie by being adventurous and saving Janie from her boring life working in a store. The flaws in Tea Cake quickly begin to show, he practices gambling regularly, for example before the big Saturday “Tea Cake was busy practicing up on his dice” (119). This gets him into many situations where he could get seriously hurt and one day he is, but when he says “Dey cut me, dats all”(120), his tone makes it feel like it has happened before. This reveals that Tea Cake’s sense of adventure Janie loves is only there because it’s an adventure just for Tea Cake to get money. Later in the book Tea Cake mirrors Logan’s opinion of women “‘git uh job uh work’”(127).
For example, just like Jody, Tea Cake also physically abuses Janie to display his authority over her. What makes Janie 's relationship with Tea Cake different from her other relationships is that it is based on a love that runs much deeper than her motivation in staying in her other relationships. Janie married Logan in search of love. She married Jody in search of wealth and his ambition. When both of these relationships failed, she entered into her relationship with Tea Cake with low expectations.
Toni Morrison’s A Mercy portrays a young slave, Florens, struggles with her past as well as her life as a slave. Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God shows a woman, Janie, who struggles through various relationships in her life, but in the end, they help her find her freedom and individualism. Both stories have different story lines, but upon a closer look, it is easy to see that Florens and Janie have common factors in their lives; which includes, both characters are isolated by others, both characters want to love someone, both character’s guardians make decisions for them that they do not understand which causes conflict, and finally, both characters commit difficult actions which ends up changing their lives.
She questions why Janie would marry a dark man like Tea Cake. Mrs. Turner falsely assumes, like the rest of the people form the town, that Janie only married Tea Cake for his money because she could not possibly love him. Janie informs Mrs. Turner that her assumption is incorrect because Tea Cake was not wealthy when they met, and he is the only person that has made her truly
Janie reacts in different ways to people in her life trying to control her, and this can be seen with Grannie, Jody, and Tea Cake. Grannie forces her to marry Logan, but Janie stands up for herself when she decides to leave him after Grannie dies. Throughout the novel Janie is looking for love, and she
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
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.
She meets Tea Cake, falls in love, and later marries him. This marriage is by far the most special and unique marriage Janie has had. Her relationship with Tea Cake is her first true love; which consists of affection, happiness, understanding and everything else that follows. This marriage makes Janie feel like she has a second chance in life to relive her youth. Janie has lots of fun and is truly blessed and happy with Tea Cake.
She expected to obey for her husband like others. “He ordered Janie to tie up her hair around the store” reveals that she did everything to his happiness not for her. Even though she is a wife of a mayor, she didn’t get any privilege rather she lost her social relationship with other people. She lived under the dominance of her husband
Janie is the symbol of feminism and independence for women in the novel and shows her heroism in many instances. Some of her heroic qualities include determination, empathy, and
After her experience with freedom, she finds a new man. Tea Cake is a man with a job and a small apartment, but Janie feels a love for him like she has never before experienced. All three marriages sculpt Janie’s horizon and help her to reach it. After Janie’s grandmother sees Janie kissing a local boy named Johnny Taylor, she makes it her duty to find a husband who can provide protection for Janie.