Throughout Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Are Watching God, Janie constantly struggles to find her voice. Her marriage to Logan Killicks, Joe Starks, and Tea Cake help her discover and utilize her voice in different ways. During Janie’s first marriage to Logan she has no voice, Joe silences Janie’s tiniest whisper and controls her similar to a slave; in contrast to Logan and Joe, Tea Cake encourages Janie to use her voice and make her own decisions. Janie cannot express her voice until she discovers happiness and independence through her final marriage. While Janie’s Nanny forces her into marrying Logan Killicks for security; Logan also lacks love and compassion for Janie and silences her.
She just fell into the other man’s arms and let seduction turn into sex. Afterwards, she acts like nothing happened when her family returns from the store after the rains stop. Perhaps the extramarital moment was not that large of an issue to her. Maybe she figured, “it’s no ones business” and continued on with her life. Where as the mother from My Mother Never Worked was pictured as a saint among women.
The changes made to the main character, Janie, in Their Eyes Were Watching God destroys the story’s plot. Janie’s character changes significantly by the strength Oprah gives her that she never possessed in the book. Janie in the movie talks to Joe in a way that Janie in the book would have never talked to him. “Janie: What the hell yuh think? Ah can’t deal with yuh no more…” (Dir.
She convinced herself that by the time she became Mrs. Killick, she would get that love, which turned out to be wrong. Nanny's biggest mistake is that she never consults with Janie about what she wants in life. Janie's second husband, Joe Starks, is a repeat of Janie's unhappiness in marriage. At first, Janie looked at Joe as a man who would offer her an escape from her loveless marriage with Mr.
The narrator insisted to her husband that she was sick, but he never took her serious instead, he confined her in an isolated place away from home and her child. Eventually both husband and wife loose because, they are trapped in fixed gender roles and could not go against them. Works Cited Carnley, Peter. The Yellow Wallpaper and other sermons. New York: Harper Collins, 2001.
She realized that she married him only because of Nanny’s wishes, and she did not - and was never going to - love him. It was with this realization that her “first dream was dead, so she became a woman” (25) And although the “memory of Nanny was still powerful and strong”, (29) Janie left with Joe Starks. However her marriage to Jody was no better than her marriage to Logan. Jody was powerful and demanding, and although at first he seemed amazing, Jody forced Janie into a domestic lifestyle that was worse than the one that she escaped. Jody abused Janie both emotionally and physically, and belittled her to nothing more than a trophy wife.
The novel, “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, by Zora Neale Hurston clearly is a great book. In the book a young woman named Janie who was raised and married off by her grandmother. At first, all Janie knows of marriage and love is what her grandmother tells her which is that the only thing that is important is if he has land. As Janie goes on her journey of her life and re-marries, she finds that everybody in the town (and in general) has their own belief towards the role of their spouses in marriage. The reader notices Janie struggle in finding herself and over time Janie begins to develop her own ideas and ideals.
When Mrs. Tessie tried to argue over the process, her ideas and arguments are neglected, and she ends up stoned. Everyone in the society is against her even her husband. This acts also shows that women did not have a role in this society. Men were the supreme beings in this society while women are just supposed to look over their families and not participate in such incidences. This is because Mrs. Tessie’s husband could not even wait for her or inform her about such occasion, Mrs. Tessie says on page 2, “Thought my old man was out back stacking
He was ugly and lazy and didn’t even give a thought to Janie’s feelings. He forced her to do extra work and never treated her like the woman she was. When after hours of housework, and Logan asked her to chop wood for him one day, Janie finally felt that she needed to protest, saying "... ... middle of paper ... ...e is saying that you have to experience love to understand it, and that it would have done her no good to try to express verbally what she felt for Tea Cake. At the end of the novel, Janie walked away from the trial with both her voice that had been with her throughout her whole life, the emotional strength that she had gained through her love with Tea Cake (and which had continued even after his death), and something that she had not known before: experience. (Experience with death, love, marriage, and life in general.)
Janie was informed that her husband was going to die, she felt that she had to say her final peace, say the words she never said. Jody tried to tear her down throughout their final conversation, but Janie had a resolve like never before. “All dis bowin’ down, all dis obedience…dat ain’t whut Ah rushed off down de road to find out about you”(Hurston 87) Janie acknowledges that he left Logan to find love and a voice but Jody’s version of love did nothing but stymie her growth. Jody could not cut her down for the last time he passed away before the words could escape his mouth, it was at this moment Janie had transformed, “the young girl was gone, but a handsome woman had taken her place”. (Hurston 87) It took two husbands but Janie had found her voice, even though both marriages were void of love, it was now she could accept that a firm stance, did not need to go hand in hand with affection.