Relationship Between Janie And Janie's Relationship In Their Eyes Were Watching God

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The novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is about a woman who is searching for love and a happy relationship. This novel takes place in West Florida, Eatonville, Florida, and the Everglades during the 1900s. In Their Eyes Were Watching God Janie is a woman who grew up in West Florida and has been in several relationships since her childhood. Her first relationship was with an older man named Logan Killicks but this marriage went sour and she left him for another man around Janie’s age named Joe Starks. Janie and Joe’s relationship lasted a long while however this marriage ended when Joe passed away. After Joe’s death Janie is courted by a young man by the name of Vergible Woods also called Tea Cake. In Janie’s relationships …show more content…
Their marriage is at it’s best during the wedding itself. The wedding is splendid with plenty of “fried rabbit and chicken” and “everything to eat in abundance” (Hurston 21). Since then Logan “stopped talking in rhymes to her” and started expecting her to do work, such as “choppin’ wood” (26). In Logan’s mind he has the right to order Janie around however he wants because he is a man, the dominant figure in their relationship. This brings about the feeling that Logan is a tidal wave against Janie’s shores, overwhelming her freedom with force. However, Janie doesn’t cope well with Logan’s use of his power at all, making their relationship incompatible. Janie still desires to be independent and live a life of freedom. So she “run[s] off and leave[s]” (30) Logan for a chance at a better relationship with a young entrepreneur named Joe Starks. Janie’s relationship with Logan ended abruptly because Logan is abusing …show more content…
For the most part she is very happy with Tea Cake however, there are moments when Tea Cake misuses his power with Janie and it leaves long lasting effects. As their relationship progresses Janie leaves Eatonville to live with Tea Cake in Jacksonville. Janie “never told him about the two hundred dollars she had” (117), seeing that Tea Cake might take the money and split. The next morning “she found out her two hundred dollars was gone” (118), which left Janie is a paranoid frenzy for the remainder of the day. Tea Cake returns despite that he took the money and explains what he did with it and how he plans on getting the money back. Tea Cake abuses his power that he has in their relationship by taking money from Janie without permission and expecting her to be okay with it. This is mainly due to the fact that he is a young man who does not know that he has misused this power. The misuse of power in their relationship has a long lasting negative impact on Janie’s trust with Tea Cake. This is seen when “a little chunky girl took to picking a play out of Tea Cake in the fields and in the quarters” (136) down at the muck. Janie is remarkably paranoid when Tea Cake and this girl are fooling around due to the fact that he has misused power in their relationship before, wearing out her trust in Tea Cake for the continuation of their

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