In the end, Janie is forced to shoot her husband to protect herself—rabies is not pretty. The main themes that stand out are on feminism, racism, community, relationships and love. When Janie is young, her grandmother sets her up with a man named Logan Killicks, who becomes Janie's first husband. Janie's friend Pheoby defends her to the porch sitters. Mouth-Almighty someone who talks too much. Furthermore, Janie confides to Pheoby that she intends to marry Tea Cake, sell the store, and move out of town. Ah never married her for nothin' lak dat.
Rather than acting submissive to Jody, Janie for a brief moment contends with Jody by telling him how men misunderstand women. Her outlook towards life has a significant impact on the choices that she makes throughout life as highlighted when she is telling her story to Pheoby. Other characters who had played a significant role include: Janie's Nanny: In an effort to protect Janie from the harsh life of slavery and hardships, she marries her off to Logan Killicks. She soon becomes disenchanted with the monotonous, stifling life that she shares with Jody. The author, Zora Hurston, when writing their eyes were watching God, gives the novel a unique structure. As she lay with her newly born child, , the master of the plantation came into the house, pulled off the covers, and forced her to have sex with him for the last time before he left for war.
Janie's hair is a powerful symbol of her individuality and sexuality. He calls a meeting on his porch to discuss his desire to build a post office and a general store. It is now firmly established in the. Their Eyes began in third person, told through the voice of Hurston. Eventually, she ran away, leaving her daughter Janie with Nanny. Completely rejecting the Uplift agenda, the magazine also included work as well as portrayals of prostitution. Janie has returned to Eatonville.
Janie is forced to kill Tea Cake in order to save her own life. He was much younger than her. Janie falls into the water and starts to drown, but Tea Cake helps her swim. This image and expectation sets Janie up for disappointment when it finally came time to marry. He represents an independence from reliance on communal validation, and instead serves as a mirror for Janie to discover her narrative power. Janie urges her friend to tell them love is not a single constant thing, but it is like the sea, shaped by the shores it meets.
Pheoby believes that Janie does not have to share any of her personal business with them. Throughout the book, Janie is often without a voice when it comes to her husbands as she will not fight back. The ending of this chapter heavily foreshadows that Janie's life is about to change again. Their Eyes Were Watching God - A Casebook. Then they act and do things accordingly.
Tea Cake reappears the next morning, telling Janie that he spent all her money entertaining his friends. Janie tells Pheoby her life story, including what happened in the time since she initially left Eatonville, which is the story of the rest of the novel. One day Janie meets Tea Cake, a man very much younger than she. Janie's best friend, Pheoby, is angry at the women and leaves their company to take some supper to Janie. Meanwhile, reviews of Hurston's book in the mainstream white press were largely positive, although they did not translate into significant retail sales. She has returned from living with Tea Cake in the Everglades, she explains, because she can no longer be happy there. Tea Cake promises Janie that from that moment on they will live only using his money.
The novel starts and ends with Janie and Phoeby sitting on the front porch. Review in New Masses, October 5, 1935. Back in her room that night, Janie feels at one with Tea Cake and at peace with herself. See Janie is raised by her grandmother, Nanny. Although Janie is not interested in either Logan or marriage, her grandmother wants her to have the stability she never had; legal marriage to Killicks, Nanny believes, will give Janie opportunities.
It is centered on the life of Janie Crawford, a middle-aged, confident and attractive black woman. The other structural aspect is the fact that the novel is being narrated from a third party point, and that the third party can relate to Janie's life. When Jody insults her appearance, Janie rips him to shreds in front of the townspeople, telling them all how ugly and impotent he is. At the time, blacks were marginalized in most mainstream novels written by white writers. During a rabies--induced bout of madness, Tea Cake becomes convinced that Janie is cheating on him. Janie spends her childhood being brought up by her grandmother Nanny, a former slave who, despite her controlling nature, has only the best intentions for her granddaughter. Starks orders Janie to cover her hair as other men found it a source of attraction.