“Their Eyes Were Watching God” Gender Expectations Critical Analysis In the early 1930’s, women had several expectations to meet when it came to family values and responsibilities. Maybe it was cleaning, staying home and taking care of the family, or maybe satisfying the husband simply by fulfilling his needs. In the novel, “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, the author, Zora Neale Hurston, demonstrates, through the main character Janie, several characteristics of which a wife should live by and also abide. As soon as Janie begins to show a little intelligence, voice, or authority she is immediately defined as too masculine and unattractive. Knowing this makes Janie sit back and keep quiet, for the most part, until she finds the right person in which she can easily be herself around.
However, until she reaches her ideal of life she has to go through a lot of difficulties presented by her first husband Logan Killicks and her second husband Jody Starks. During this part of her life, on the one hand, she becomes aware of the way a lot of men look at women and of how those men expect women to be so that she gains some kind of double consciousness when looking at her self. Nevertheless, during here marriage with Tea Cake, she also learns that there are men who accept women the way they are. Through her relationships she ultimately finds herself and peace in life. Although she looses Tea Cake at the end of the novel, Janie is finally satisfied since she has achieved the fulfilment she sought.
Even though The Father is fiction and “A Legendary Hero” is non-fiction, both show the importance of fatherhood in a daughter’s life and how the father’s roles impact their families, and especially their daughters. The role of father as protector is presented in the play The Father. In the beginning of the play, Captain is speaking to Pastor about his daughter. Captain and his wife have been disagreeing on where Bertha should go. As a protector, Captain wants to make sure Bertha gets the right education and be prepared if the worst should happen in her life.
The article shows how men treat their wives, expecting a clean house, a great dinner, clean, well-kept children, ironed clothes, and their sexual needs met as if matrimony suddenly equaled the status of a butler or maid. Not only are men expecting these things, women have become blind to the fact that they do these things as if it is their duty to do so. Brady in this article opens our eyes to how easy and how wonderful it would be to have someone to do all these things done for you, and how not only to men deserve a wife but so do women. Brady herself a wife, gives her the great insight into the controversies surrounding womanhood, and very inspiring figure to the majority of the women that read this magazine. Brady writes from her perspective as a mother and wife and all the things she does and she wishes someone would do for her.
This is an ironic way for Katherine to express how she feels about her change because one method Petruchio uses to tame her is withholding her from sleep. Katherine express her softer loving side when she says, “In love, a man and wife one flesh will be, / to share that throne in sweet felicity. / There is no crown of leaves upon the tree/ unless the tree is strongest at the root (Shrew 5.2.192-195). Katherine is describing what it is like to be in love, which means her and Petruchio are genuinely in love. Katherine does not view the work Petruchio has put into her as her being tamed.
Her marriage with Leonce Pontellier is one of convenience and well-being for herself and for the children she bore. We learn in the story that Leonce Pontellier is very firm with Edna. He likes things done a certain way and voices his criticism toward Edna if there is any variance from his standards. Leonce wants his wife to be the everyday housewife and she should live to serve her husband and her children. We begin to see in the novel that Leonce’s ideas and beliefs of what Edna should be begins to push her away and she begins to seek companionship elsewhere.
She must deal with money and figures without being able to enjoy the “lying sessions” on the porch, or attending such impressive town events like the “muleogy.” Janie’s nature is restricted not by the town itself, but by her status in the town. Contrasted with Eatonville is the Everglades or the “muck.” The muck is where Janie can be free. Her hair is allowed to hang down, and she can dance, sing, talk, and socialize with everyone from the Indians to the landowners. The muck is where Janie lives with Tea Cake, her true love, her "bee." The muck symbolizes freedom and a relief from oppression that was experienced by Janie.
Significance to the story: Teak Cake is significant to this novel because he helps with Janie’s self- development. She views Tea Cake as a sense of freedom and independence; she can truly be herself in his presence. For example, when they first meet, she prompts her to play chess, a game that she was never allowed to play in her past. Tea Cake successfully fulfills her yearnings of having a relationship representative of the pear tree. Adjectives: Fun- loving, calming Name: Janie Role in the story: The main character, the focal point of the
The film Mabo demonstrates the importance of family in Eddie Mabo’s struggle for land rights. Discuss. The film “Mabo” directed by Rachel Perkins follows the legal and personal life of Edward Koiki Mabo, his landmark legal case that destroyed the concept of Terra Nullius. The film demonstrates the importance of family, with Koiki’s family members inspiring his decisions life lesson taught by his father that remind with him for life and his wife Bonita’s constant support to ensure he understands the importance of family. The importance of family is shown throughout the film where Koiki’s decisions are inspired by his family.
Rose has to grasp with the fact early on that she will spend the rest of her life with this ‘superpower’. Because of this, I decided food was the main symbol of the novel, it reveals important emotions of the characters including her mother's true feelings of sadness. Rose had always thought her mother was happy and she had always acted like she was. But that day she tasted the lemon cake, she the true feelings behind her mother’s smile. As she ate it, “...None of it was a bad taste, so much, but there was a kind of lack of wholeness to the flavors that made it taste hollow….