Questioning Janie's third relationship in Their Eyes Were Watching God
Tea Cake is an interesting character in Their Eyes Were Watching God. Tea Cake’s story about where he was and what he was doing in Chapter 13 was softened up for Janie to forgive him more easily. “Tea Cake stuck out till he had some breakfast, then he talked and acted out the story.” Breakfast gave Tea Cake time enough to think the story through, to make it as innocent as possible. Tea Cake probably made the money spending sound a lot less bad as how it really was. Also, by the way Janie reacted, he was able to convince her with the story.
Two things Janie said during this situation were, “Tea Cake, if you don’t hurry up and tell me, Ah’ll take and beat yo; head flat as uh dime,” and “Sho ah would. Ah laks fun just as good as you do.” You can tell from these two quotes, she was obviously feeling left out. Tea Cake was selfish and left her alone, and Janie felt insecure and bad for herself. This showed that Janie didn’t want to believe that Tea Cake was doing anything wrong, which he probably was, making her a gullible type of person.
“Tea Cake, you’se uh mess! Can’t do ‘thout me dat lil time.” “So the very next morning Janie got ready to pick beans along with Tea Cake.” Janie decided to be more close with Tea Cake and bond with him. This is so Janie can make sure she has her eyes on him, just in case he does something she would disagree with. This is my opinion of the situation, I think Janie is just trying to have a relationship with Tea Cake in which there is nothing hidden between them. She is after all, obsessed with him.
I do not think Tea Cake and Janie’s relationship is a very good one. After all these problems, with the money being wasted, even though he recovered more of it, and the girl problem. Tea Cake is young and wants to have fun, as Janie is older and perhaps more conserved. I know that Janie wants to remain in this relationship, and possibly Tea Cake, but he wants to have more fun outside of the relationship, I guess.