Throughout Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie, the main character, struggles to speak for herself and find her own voice. She is overpowered by two men named Jody and Logan but finally she finds a man that lets her be herself named Tea Cake. Janie has her struggles but in the end she pulls through and finally finds herself at peace.
Jody is very controlling of Janie and she is always scared to speak her mind to him. When Janie was with Jody, she explains that “no matter what Jody did, she said nothing. She had learned how to talk some and leave some” (76). Jody controls her so much that she never speaks freely. She has to make sure everything she says will not upset Jody and has to make sure it was okay to say or she just said nothing at all. Janie does not talk to Jody about much so “mostly she lived between her hat and her heels, with her emotional disturbances like shade patterns in the woods” (76). She keeps to herself and just keeps everything inside. She never shares anything with Jody or any emotional problems she has at the time. In his article “Some Other Way to Try”, critic Shawn Miller states that “Janie Crawford [is] an internally static feminist hero seeking liberation from masculine oppression as a necessary prerequisite to self-actualization”. When Jody is dying, Janie finds the strength to speak her mind to Jody: “you gointuh listen tuh me one time befo’ you die. Have yo’ way all yo’ life, trample and mash down and then die ruther than tuh let yo’self heah ‘bout it” (86).She has tolerated with him controlling her the whole time they have been together and now that he is weak, she can control him. She has the power and strength now to tell him how she feels. Once Jody is dead, Janie feels ready to move on and be able to speak for herself.
The Janie meets a man named “Tea Cake” and she feels very comfortable with him. One day she is looking back and thinking about her old days in Eatonville when she realizes “only here,...
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