The flashback comes to its end, and the setting returns to Eatonville, Florida. I selected this passage because it reveals the great impact that Tea Cake has had on shaping Janie’s life. Reflecting on her journey, Janie is genuinely fulfilled. With help from Tea Cake, she has experienced the life. Janie gets a chance to live according to her principles.
By developing a complementary story line set in African, Walker is able to show that solving racial oppression alone in American will not ameliorate conditions for black woman. Rather, she illustrates that black women are still oppressed within black communities who are partially detached from American and European racism (i.e., the Olinka tribe in Western Africa). The power of Walker’s novel lies in its ability to recast black women identity as diasporic by illustrating how black women both in the American South and Western Africa struggle through patriarchal opp... ... middle of paper ... ...same time, Walkers shows how these women retain their talents and are able to free themselves through the relationships that they form with other women. Walker’s novel is significant because its addressing movements that ignore and at times reinforce and patriarchal system of oppression that puts down black woman. Through this novel, she suggests that oppression of women is a diasporic problem just as severe as racial oppression.
Elizabeth is able to scrutinize and recognize that people are definitely deceiving and limited. Jane, on the other hand, has a more optimistic way of viewing people. Elizabeth has noticed Jane’s cordiality towards other people multiple times and expresses her feelings when Jane reminisces on her meeting with Mr. Bingley: “‘You never see a fault in anybody. All the world are good and agreeable in your eyes. I never heard you speak... ... middle of paper ... ...hat she has grown to like him and, thus, this last gathering between the two results in an engagement.
Comparing and Contrasting Relationships in Hurston’s Novels, Their Eyes Were Watching God and Seraph on the Suwanee In Their Eyes Were Watching God and Seraph on the Suwanee, Zora Neale Hurston creates two protagonists, Janie and Arvay, and depicts their rich relationships with Tea Cake and Jim, respectively. This brief paper compares these two women and their interaction with their husbands. Contrasting the similarities of these relationships helps underscore deeper themes that Hurston draws from two ostensibly different women. Tea Cake and Jim bear substantial resemblance to each other. They both carry a rather unsavory reputation around their towns, they both woo their new wives aggressively; they even take care of their women with occasional recourse to illegal improprieties such as liquor distilling and gambling (although they tend to spend their profits quite differently).
“He set it (the checkers) up and began to show her and she found herself glowing inside. Somebody wanted her to play. Somebody thought it natural for her to play.” Tea Cake proved he was not self-absorbed like Logan or Joe. He presented Janie with a chance to finally experience the love she has been pursuing her entire life. Janie had only known men who took pleasure in pleasing themselves; however, Tea Cake took pleasure in pleasing her.
That was even nice. She looked him over and got little thrills from one of his good points. Those full, lazy eyes with the lashes curling sharply away like drawn scimitars,” (Hurston 95). Janie loves Tea Cake’s easygoing attitude and spontaneous lifestyle, but is still leery about him, and cannot decide if she wants to be with him due to an age gap between the two. Her relationship with Tea Cake was the most beneficial, because he saw her as his equal and never felt as if she was below him.
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
Walker’s novels communicate the psychology of a Black woman under the Western social order, touch on the “exoticism of Black women” and challenge stereotypes molded by the white men in power (Bobo par. 24). In The Color Purple Walker illustrates the life of a woman in an ordinary Black family in the rural South; in his article “Matriarchal Themes in Black Family Literature”, Rubin critiques that Walker emphasizes not only that the Black female is oppressed within society, but also that external oppression causes her to internalize her inferiority. Every theme in Walker’s writings is given through the eyes of a Black woman; by using her personal experiences to develop her short stories and novels, Walker gives the Black woman a voice in literature. Walker demonstrates through her writings that the oppression of Black women is both internal and external.
Alice Walker is woman of class, diversity, and feminism. More importantly, she is a civil rights activist, novelist, poet, and essayist. Growing up poor, I would like to think motivated her, and crafted her to the woman she is at this time in her life. Her works is a tasteful gratification of what it was like fighting for equality for all African Americans, affirming the possibility to love and forgive amongst black and white people, and just writing impeccable wisdom. While attending Spelman College, she turned down a scholarship to study abroad in Paris, and instead she went to Mississippi to pursue civil rights.
Walker’s novel is very unique in regards to style. Her use of black diction is very affective and adds the extra fragment of authenticity to the story line. The story line is very well wrapped up in both versions and there is a fulfilling finish to an entertaining tale. Everyone enjoys a story where there is a happy ending to the like of; they all lived happily ever after, and this story takes that path.