Chapters 7 to 9: 'Their Eyes Were Watching God' by Nora Zeale Hurston
In the story entitled 'Their Eyes Watching God' by Zora Neale Hurston, the author wanted to emphasize Janie's character as a female who is being strong-willed despite of all the obstacles that is taking place in their relationship as husband and wife. Although she is being submissive to Jody, it only proves how she wanted to be a good housewife for Jody. She only tries to defend her own point of view. On page 99, it was mentioned that Janie told Jody that, 'Ah ain't no young gal no mo' but den Ah ain't no old woman neither.' As a reader, this sentence struck me because it seems that Janie want to stress out to Jody that she's acting and thinking right according to her age. I think this sentence has something to do with maturity and the individuality of being a female at the same time. Also, Jody seems to be characterized as a dominating husband towards Janie's social standards as a person. He doesn't seem to show any effort of having any reconciliation with Janie but on his terms. This was also found on page 99 where in he mentioned that, 'You ain't no young courtin' gal. You'se uh ole woman, nearly forty.' When Jody mentioned this, it seems he was trying to conceal his real feelings of jealousy as a husband because until that point, Janie is still surrounded with men who seems to like her despite of the fact that she's also growing older every single year. However, for Janies their relationship as husband and wife is starting to fall apart. She doesn't even associate their bed with anything fun anymore. She considered to view it in a literal way where in it is just a place to sleep.