Analysis Of Miller 's ' Miller ' Essay

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Miller presents a strong case, however he overlooks some crucial characteristics and therefore arrives at the wrong conclusions. Ironically, Miller recognizes that “marriage is somewhat of a contractual agreement”; but he overlooks the fact that both Starks and Killicks did not respect their half of the contract. Initially, Killicks was treated Janie with respect and left her to do her work in the house while he took care of the manual labor. After a while, however, he begins to note that “if [he] kin haul de wood heah and chop it fuh yuh, look lak you oughta be able tuh… grab dat ax and sling chips lak uh man” (Hurston, 25) . Kilicks recognizes that chopping wood is a man’s job according to the conventions of that time, but he still demands that Janie fulfill both sides of the contract. When Janie resists, Killicks buys a mule to force her to work in the fields. In other words, the mule he buys forces Janie to fulfill Killicks’ portion of the contract. At the same time, she is expected to continue working in the kitchen and fulfill her role as a wife. Joe Starks follows a similar pattern; he initially recognizes that Janie’s “place is in the home” (Hurston, 41). Yet, after a while, he too holds Janie responsible for both the work in the house and in the store. Rather than continuing his role as provider and protector of Janie, he “sat and laughed …[and] would hustle her off inside the store to sell”(Hurston, 51). Tea Cake was the only one of the three husbands who…

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