Tea Cake has a compassionate, strong-willed attitude towards his love interest in Janie. This is exemplified in chapter 18 “ If you kin see de light at daybreak, you don’t keep if you die at dusk”(159). In this quote, Janie is saying how Janie doesn’t regret anything she’s done with Tea Cake, even if they are doing things differently that might’ve risked her life. Although for Janie, loving Tea Cake, even for only a short two years, has given her a lot of contentment.Tea Cake is referred as the sunlight in her life, and Tea Cake is amazed by the intensity of her love and devotion. If Tea cake didn’t invest so much dedication, love for Janie in this quote it wouldn’t have been essential.
She learns from Tea Cake true love and how it feels to be that way. Upon his death Janie realizes and says this, “Love is lak de sea. It’s uh movin’ thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from de shore it meets, and it’s different with every shore” (152). Janie knows that she won’t ever find a love like her’s and Tea Cakes, so she feels alive and now she has all these lessons about life in her lap from her three husbands. Janie Crawford marries three men that seem to be very much alike; however, their motivations for their actions are different.
Janie loved this place because it was the opposite of Eatonville. “The men held arguments here like they used to do on the store porch.Only, here she could listen and laugh and even talk some herself if she wanted to”(Hurston 134). She felt apart of the conversation and noticed. Even though Tea Cake made Janie happy, she started to grow jealous of a little chunky girl who would always flirt with Tea Cake. This made her realize that true love means feeling jealous.
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).
Which lastly leaves Tea Cake, a younger man who looked at Janie as a prize but did not read her like Jody did. He respected her, and let her join in on activities that she was not able to do before. Tea Cake loved Janie and he was her true love and it was unfortunate in the story to have Janie kill her husband in such a way. Echidna every person who played a role in Janie’s life would show her who she was. In the end of the story she is indeed an independent woman, and has completely changed from who we met early in the
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
Janie could wear colorful dresses and she could show off her hair, something that she did not do while she was married to Jody Stacks. Janie was finally free to love whoever she wanted to. As always, not everyone accepted Janie’s relationship, when Janie left town to marry Tea Cake, the town starts to gossip about how Tea Cake was younger than Janie, they also assure that Janie was being taken for her money. Despite all of the critics, Janie decides to continue with her romance, she no longer cares about the comments of people because she finds that her new husband loves and appreciates her immensely. “He kin take most any lil thing and make summertime out of it when times is dull.
As an example, falling in love with Tea Cake despite the town’s displeasure of the couple, Janie willingly gives up her inherited status and takes risks with Tea Cake. Moreover, Tea Cake not only respects Janie, but he risks his life for her multiple times. Getting stabbed twice, Tea Cake first risks his life to pay back the money he took from Janie (120). The second time, Janie’s life is at risk during a hurricane, and he eventually develops rabies from saving her life (157). When performed in a healthy relationship, such as theirs, risking one’s life is an element that emphasizes the couple’s romantic bond; therefore, Tea Cake risking his life for Janie emphasizes his love for Janie and their compatibility together.
She finds who she really is when she is with Tea Cake. She learns that marrage is not about what someone does for a living or who they are in the eyes of other people but instead, that its all about the love and companionship for one another. “Dis ain’t no business proposition, and no race after property and titles. Dis is uh love game. Ah done lived Grandma’s way, now Ah means tuh live mine”(108).
Tea Cake compared to the other two husbands in Janie’s life was everything she was looking for. Tea Cake taught her so much that she started to fell more independent. After, Tea Cake’s death Janie grieves on the inside so much that she