Their eyes were watching god - Relationship Compare and Contrast by Dustin Riecke on Prezi
That's a really good question. To sum it up, I think the problems in the relationship between Janie and Joe lie in the lack of equality and mutual respect, which. But he done showed me where it's de thought dat makes de difference in ages. Janie's marriage to Joe was better than Logan's but was still really bad. In Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie searches for love. Her second husband, Joe Starks, fails to provide her with the love and care she desires. He is only concerned with leading a fledgling African-American town, Eatonville, and establishing himself as its.
As we move toward his last days, however, Janie begins to call him Joe. This shows the loss of intimacy in their relationship. By her using his real name, we get the idea that the love they once shared is completely gone.
Joe dies a bitter, hateful old man. He discovers that she is a widow and is immediately attracted to her. Janie is attracted to his happiness. Tea Cake is fifteen years younger than Janie, and is poor with not much to offer Janie.
Many people including Janie at first worry that he is just after her money. However we soon find out that this is not the case. Tea Cake wants to take care of Janie.
He even went so far as to take dollars of her money and gamble with it, but he wins it back and repays her telling her that she will never need any of her money again. At first Tea Cake went out every day and worked in the fields while Janie stayed home.
Tea Cake could not stand to be away from her, however, so he eventually asks her to come and work with him.
At first this sounds similar to what happened to Janie when she was married to Logan Killicks, but Janie is now happy to go to work. Tea Cake does not make her work by herself, but instead works right beside her. They have fun in the fields together. In a way, working together brings them even closer as a couple despite their age difference.
And so this already deteriorating relationship ends and she runs off and marries another man named Joe Starks. Her failure to develop a positive relationship in this marriage, which is again in contrast to her ideal relationship in chapter fourteen, causes Janie to redefine her gender roles.
Thus Janie realizes from her relationship with Joe that his defined gender roles for Janie are not in favor of the development of a positive relationship because she is so restricted and she does not even get the chance to see what gender roles will make her happy.
Joes’s Values and Relationship with Janie in Their Eyes Were Watching God
In Chapter fourteen, Janie is in the ideal atmosphere condusive to the development of a positive relationship with her third husband, Tea Cake. After experiencing such an atmosphere in which she can experience many gender roles, we see how she redefines her gender roles from her previous marriages to those that lead to a healthy relationship.
In the chapters preceding chapter fourteen, the gender roles imposed upon Janie by her first two husbands lead to the development of unsatisfactory relationships and the need for her to redefine the gender roles that fit her.
This in turn leads her to search for a new relationship in which she can explore gender roles for herself and voluntarily assume the roles that please both her and her husband.
She is able to do this in chapter fourteen because here she is finally given the chance to explore different roles and then define her ideal gender roles that allow for a positive relationship. In fact, it puts an informal end to it. When Janie makes a clumsy mistake cutting tobacco for a customer one day, her dissatisfaction with his machismo explodes.
This revolt successfully ends any pretence Joe and Janie may have of being happily married; Joe moves to a room downstairs, not even sleeping with his wife any longer. Joe contracts a kidney illness that will kill him, and while he is on his deathbed, Janie tells Joe exactly what her problems are in their marriage.
She complains about how he is self-centered and neglects her. Janie specifically complains about how Jody forces her into the image he wants. Janie is referring to how Joe tries to turn her into the dignified aristocrat he is, rather than accepting her for who she is. She basically is complaining about his machismo and how he dominates her. Joe is a self-centered bigot. Janie wants a pear-tree, or someone to be her true love. Joe cannot be her pear tree because he is stubborn, macho, and too concerned with his personal status.janie shoots tea cake
Joe is more concerned with himself and dominating those around him than with love and Janie.