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Janie's Relationship with Tea Cake and her Nanny in "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston
Word Count: 545
Tea Cake is Janies love peace and best friend When he was introduced in the novel I saw that he is a fun loving person and would be perfect for Janie As he played his box guitar his music symbolized beauty Tea Cake was a man who could and would do anything to make himself and Janie happy His genuine kindness and intelligence made him successful After Janie leaves Eatonville with Tea Cake they travel to the Everglades to build their lives They work together live together and love together When a great hurricane arrives they must literally run for their lives They return to their home after the storm only to discover that Tea Cake has been bitten by a rabid dog while trying to save Janies life and now has the rabies disease He suffers and tries to kill Janie who must in turn kill Tea Cake to survive Janie kills the body of Tea Cake but not the soul of Tea Cake which lives on in her She continues to love him and finds herself in the end She lives on as a wise self-actualized strong woman who has found peace Thanks to Tea Cake the man who knew himself and was happy hence making Janie peaceful and satisfied Janie matures with each life-lesson She grows mature into a woman but her soul remains as a child Janies light colored skin was contributed by her father a white teacher who raped Janies mother as she was a student Janies smooth black hair is kept at a very long length tied in a rope draped down her back This symbolizes her life long and eventful Her clothing was mainly of overalls useful to Janie when she was working in the Everglades with Tea Cake Janie was very good looking Her figure was slim and men lost their eyes looking at her beauty Some people might think that Janie was stuck up but
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