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Janie and Teacake

From Tea Cake, Janie learns to love and what it feels like to be loved. Tea Cake not only made Janie feel special with his words, but proved it as well by taking her fishing, hunting, to the movies, dancing, gardening with her, and other "signs of possession" (105). For a while, Janie and Tea Cake worked the fields together. For the first time in her life, Janie is enjoying life. She says "...we ain't got nothin' tuh do but do our work and come home and love" (127). Eventually Tea Cake dies and Janie goes back to Eatonville. From her marriage with Tea Cake, Janie experienced love. This is something she believes very few people have experienced. Janie's marriage with Tea Cake finishes her development as a woman. This is where Tea Cake comes into the picture. Janie met Tea Cake not long after the death of her second husband. She fell in love, real love, love that she waited her whole life for. Tea Cake was truly different from other men, he was loving and caring, and he did not ask anything in return but to be loved. He showed Janie that it is traditional male attitudes toward women that keep them in their submissive roles. With him she felt free. After a while Janie and Tea Cake left town to get away from the image the people still had of Janie as “Mrs. Mayor Starks.” This meant a new identity for Janie - but this time she was able to build her own identity and what she gave up for Tea Cake she gave up willingly, because she loved him. Janie was able to have this kind of relationship with Tea Cake because he was carefree; he was not caught up in the social or political roles than most men strive for - he just wanted to have fun and support Janie. Living with Tea Cake were the happiest years of Janie’s life. This was the third and final marriage. But no matter how wonderful this marriage was, it ended in a heartbreak. One day there was a big storm and Janie and Tea Cake had to leave the house bec...

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