He possessed charm and grace and had this unique ability to make Janie feel special. “Yuh can’t beat uh woman” Page 96 I like this line. It is so playful and flattering, and in my opinion…TRUE. Tea Cakes knows a little some thing about woman. He does not see them as trophies to be put on the mantle nor assets in a marriage or love affair.
Yet, she found some of her ideals of love in the man named Tea Cake who she last ended up with until she returned home. As much as Tea Cake had the qualities Janie was looking for she found a greater understanding of herself as a women besides her love. Janie was inexperienced at the start of her adventure, learned that love will not always come from promises, and had major reflection when she finished her first marriage with Joe that she went into with assurance. Janie was able to get a glimpse of independency after Joe died which is conveyed through the quote “Besides she liked being lonesome for a change. This freedom feeling was fine” (Hurston 90).
Once he begins to act interested and appreciative of her chrysanthemums (even requests for some sprouts), she begins to feel appreciated by him and lets her guard down. Removing her bulky clothes and transforming into a feminine woman in time to go out with her husband proves this change has occurred. Some people might think this was the place Elisa had her epiphany. I think differently Not far down the road, she discovers the sprouts she gave graciously to the peddler on the ground. During those crucial moments of telling herself why he threw them out and purposefully ignoring the peddler's caravan, Elisa has several sudden revelations: epiphanies.
If Tea cake didn’t invest so much dedication, love for Janie in this quote it wouldn’t have been essential. Janie has significantly grown as an individual. She perceives love in a different manner, as shown with Tea Cake, Janie admires him and genuinely embraces Tea Cake, she’s very excited when it comes to describing her husband. As shown in chapter 11"[Tea Cake] looked like the love thoughts of women… Crushing aromatic herbs with every step he took. Spices hung about him.
While several of these tales are rather comical, they do indeed give us a representation of the attitudes toward marriage at that time in history. Marriage in Chaucer's time meant a union between spirit and flesh and was thus part of the marriage between Christ and the Church. The Canterbury Tales show many abuses of this sacred bond and different views on how a marriage should work. The Wife of Bath’s tale, in which she says that one spouse, preferably the wife, must have mastery over the other. The Wife of Bath obviously has a rather carefree attitude toward marriage.
Tea Cake showed Janie a side of man that she did not know existed. He appeared to value Janie as an equal; he included her in formerly male-exclusive activities- according to Jody- and did not belittle her opinions. At first, Janie was skeptical of Tea Cake because of past experiences, but she quickly realized that her relationship with him would be different: she genuinely loved Tea Cake. Again Janie was faced with the disapproval of the town folk, since Tea Cake was so much younger than her. She discussed the gossip with her friend Pheoby and decided the love she felt for Tea Cake was more important than their opinions.
By having the nanny, Nora has the freedom to come and go as she pleases. Torvald Helmer, Nora’s husband, will begin a new job as bank manager, so they will be rich, which will make her “perfect” life even better. Torvald even calls Nora pet names like “my sweet little lark” (Ibsen 1567) and “my squirrel” (Ibsen 1565). These names may seem to be harmless and cute little nicknames, but the names actually show how little he thinks of her. “Torvald uses derogatory diminutives to address Nora” (Kashdan 52).
Only after Janie starts to trust Tea Cake, does Janie begin to free herself, and in fact feel eager, to tell her friend Pheoby all that has happened since she left Eatonville. Tea Cake 's love, acceptance, and understanding frees Janie to reveal her uniqueness, through non restricted language, and with a mature, confident, real presence. Janie easily leaves her elevated position in the community to start a new life with TeaCake. Hurston hints that the pursuit of individual aspirations can bring mental freedom, much more valuable than wealth. Regardless of obvious differences in age and social status Janie finally seems to have found true love in
Elizabeth first displays her sense of humor in her reaction to her overhearing Darcy saying, “‘She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me’” (8). Elizabeth responds in retelling the story “with great spirit among her friends; for she had a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in anything ridiculous” (9). Elizabeth’s sense of humor goes as far as to be willing to laugh at both herself and her family, unless the joke about her family is made by someone besides herself. Elizabeth finds the behavior of many members of her family and their peers to be quite ludicrous. Upon many occasions in Austen’s book, Elizabeth pokes fun at someone, and the object of Elizabeth’s joke rarely even notices because he or she is so utterly oblivious.
She says that a “woman’s place is with her husband and children, alive or dead (23).” She seems to enjoy her role in society as a mother and the things expected of her as a woman. The cakes become an extension of her archetype because the lady she was trying to sell them to did not pay for the cakes and did not take them so she gossips to Kate about it. Her idle chatter is unnecessary and is another characteristic of a neighborhood busybody. The cakes also reveal how religion is a major theme in As I Lay Dying, Cora uses religion to rationalize her behavior many times. “Riches is nothing in the face of the Lord,” she uses religion to cope with her social situation of not being able to sell the cakes.