Tea Cake Woods In Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

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A complex character can often be described as a character with conflicting and often contradictory traits. In, Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, Tea Cake Woods is one of many characters that possess complex traits through his actions and behavior. Tea Cake Woods is confident yet insecure; his confidence and compassion towards Janie always stand out, however at some points insecurity results conflicts in Janies and Tea Cakes relationship. Through the novel, Tea Cake shows confidence in several different ways. For instance, Tea Cake displays overconfidence towards gambling, “You done married one uh de best gamblers God ever made. Cards or dice either one…” (125). Tea Cakes overconfidence over gambling results in a fight with Double-Ugly, “Right dere he jumped at me as Ah turned to see de doorstep outside and cut me twice in de back” (127). For the most part, Tea Cake is confident about himself, yet his overconfidence leads to conflicts. …show more content…

When Mrs. Turners brother comes to town Tea Cake gets jealous and begins to whip Janie, “No brutal beatings at all. He just slapped her around a bit to show he was boss” (147). Furthermore, Tea Cake gets jealous of Mrs. Turners brother again. When Tea Cake is sick, Sop tells him that Mrs. Turners brother is back in town causing him to think Janie secretly left to see him (180). Overall, Tea Cakes insecurity is triggered when Mrs. Turners brother arrives in town causing his jealousy to take over his confidence and compassion for Janie and hit

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