The question of love is a complicated one. One that Janie thought she had the answer too. She thought the answer to her troubles of finding love was to just marry someone. She later found out that this wasn’t the case from her first two marriages. In Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” a pivotal point in the novel is when Janie marries Tea Cake. This makes Janie learn that you should marry someone that you actually like to be with and that marriage doesn’t always mean love. Throughout the book Hurston uses many forms of figurative language and symbols to describe Janie’s feelings about love. One of these is “She was a rut in the road. Plenty of life beneath the surface but it was kept beaten down by the wheels.” (Hurston …show more content…
When Janie first met Tea Cake she immediately fell in love with him. He was as sweet as his name. Tea Cake would teach Janie whatever she wanted to know how to do or play. For example Janie had never played checkers before and she wanted to learn how to play. So when Tea Cake came their first “date” was playing checkers. Tea Cake didn’t stop there, he even taught Janie how to shoot a gun just so Janie could go hunting with him, and so they could spend more time together. We know Janie wants to go hunting with Tea Cake because she tells him “Dat would be fine, Tea Cake, exceptin’ you know Ah can’t shoot. But Ah’d love tuh go wid you.” (Hurston 130) This quote and part from the novel especially shows Janie’s feelings and emotions towards Tea Cake. This was a guy that she actually wanted to be with and spend time with. “While her first two husbands are domineering. Janie’s third husband is easy-going and reluctantly willing to accept Janie as an equal.”(Merriam Webster go.galegroup.com) This helps prove that Janie didn’t love her first two husbands, thought they were too controlling, and that Tea Cake treated Janie as an equal.Tea Cake also appreciated Janie for who she is “Not only does he appreciate Janie’s beauty, intelligence, and independence, but he also shows her tenderness, trust and respect.” (Dilbeck 102). Tea Cake allowed Janie to speak freely and be herself around him. When Janie went to court after killing Tea Cake, …show more content…
Janie learned the hard way that you actually have to love someone for your marriage to go anywhere and last long. Her first run through was with Logan. Janie only married him because of her grandma and for “protection”. We know this because Nanny tells Janie “‘Tain’t Logan Killicks Ah wants you to have, baby, it’s protection.”(Hurston 15) That was her first mistake, she married someone she didn’t even love and look how long that marriage last. Her second marriage was a little bit better at first but she began to slowly realize that she didn’t love Joe either. Her marriage with Joe lasted a lot longer than her marriage with Logan but the feelings of love towards Joe were the same as they were with Logan. Through Logan and Joe, Janie learned the qualities that make a marriage a good one. These qualities were freedom of speech, as in being allowed to speak her mind freely without being scolded by her husband. Another good quality she learned to look for in a relationship is the ability to act like yourself around your partner. Both of these qualities Janie found in Tea Cake. Through trial and error and learning from her mistakes Janie finally figured out that just because you marry someone you doesn’t automatically mean you’ll fall in love with them. Janie took a while but eventually she found her true love in Tea Cake. Lastly Tea Cake left a lasting impression on Janie, he changed the way she viewed love
Tea Cake brings new light to Janie's life. Janie mourns for Jody’s death as expected in her society but decides she is done mourning when she meets Tea Cake, a man who respects her and treats her equally. Janie is faced with the town's gossip and has to make a decision to either stay in the town as a lonely widower with a fortune or run away with Tea Cake, a not well off man who is 12 years younger. Janie decides to run away with Tea Cake who truly loves her and the age gap does not affect his decisions, Tea Cake exclaims, “You’se de onliest woman in de world Ah ever even mentioned gittin married tuh. You bein’ older don’t make no difference.
However, Tea Cake had problems of his own, all of which were unimportant to Janie due to his genuine pursuit and love of her. He struggled to change for Janie and to put aside his own wants. Even as Janie ended up finding the man of her dreams in Tea Cake, his untimely death ends all that could have been. Although deeply regretting having to kill Teacake in self- defense, Janie comes full circle in her development. She now knows who she is and has found “peace” in the closing lines the narrator tells us, “She pulled in her horizon like a great fishnet.”
After Jody dies Janie encounters Tea Cake, a young man that not only lets her assert her voice but encourages her to do so. Janie's feelings are revealed about Tea Cake when she thinks, “He looked like the love thoughts of women. He could be a bee to a blossom-a pear tree blossoms in the spring.” (Hurston 106) Tea Cake’s relationship is different for Janie for he taught her the value of a healthy relationship where “there is no imbalance of power,” they respected “each other’s independence” letting Janie form her ”own decisions without fear of retribution or relation, and share decisions” as proven in the article “What Does a Healthy Relationship Look Like?”
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.
The novel 's plot is driven by Janie 's series of relationships with different men: a kiss with Johnny Taylor, followed by marriages with Logan Killicks, Jody Starks and finally, Tea Cake. Logan Killicks and Jody Starks see Janie as defined by her relationship with them, and expect her to be obedient, silent and proper. Jody sees her as a kind of ornament that bolsters his social standing and that helps to justify his efforts to assert control over everyone, men and women alike. Tea Cake, in contrast, defines himself not by political power but rather by his physical strength and ability to have fun. Even while Tea Cake treats Janie as an equal, there still exists a certain power struggle in Janie 's relationship with him, as her increasing ability to recognize her needs as an individual throughout the novel emerges in response to Tea Cake 's treatment of her.
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
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
Liberation and self-fulfillment within Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes were Watching God By Wael Fadhil Hasobi PhD Scholar English Dept Acharya Nagarjuna University Waelfadhil38@gmail.com 4-16-25E,Bahertpetha,Guntur,Andrah Pradesh Mobile:9676703836
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.
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.
Tea Cake as his name announces, like a piece of cake with a cup of tea at the end of a very tiring and long day. The book demonstrates how similar tea cake to Janie’s horizon by announcing that he looked familiar to Janie. (Hurston, 94) The connection between them was made almost immediately. Freed from Nanny, the culture, Jody and Logan’s control, life’s rule of materialism to be secure and independent, now Janie can choose for herself the person with whom she is going to be and also whether or not to stay with them among a variety of options from all those who would die for Janie.
Next, Janie continues on her determined journey for love when she goes off to marry Tea Cake. In the quote,