The man Janie initially married, Logan Killicks, was an older man who treated Janie very well, and he never once hit her. Janie speaks to Nanny, saying “No’m, he ain’t even talked ‘bout hittin’ me. He says he never mean to lay de weight uh his hand on me in malice. He chops all the wood he think Ah wants and den he totes it inside de kitchen for me. Keeps both water buckets full” (Hurston,p. 22-23). The downfall of their marriage was aggravated by the fact that Janie never fell in love with Logan Killick...
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... domestic violence. When she met and married Joe, she was barely 18 and only had one or two years of experience of how she should go about fulfilling her duties as a wife. When Joe began to hit her, she was only 23 and had never been hurt in a relationship, so it shocked her to be hit by someone she was supposed to love. When she met Tea Cake, she had been married for over 20 years and, by this time, was used to keeping to herself to deal with emotional pain. She was accustomed to being hit by men, but Tea Cake’s comforting behavior and his expression of regret for hurting her prevented Janie from harboring anger towards him. This was the difference between Janie’s two relationships that ruined the first one and made the second. These factors also were the cause of the change in Janie’s mental reaction towards domestic abuse from both of the men that had hurt her.
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