Their Eyes Were Watching God Analysis

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Their Eyes Were Watching God is a novel written by Zora Neale Hurston in 1937 that tells the story of the life of a woman named Janie. When another man shows interest in Janie, her husband Tea Cake decides to beat her to scare him off. Although he believes his intent was pure he still finds himself justifying his actions to his co-workers the next day. In Othello, a play written in 1622 by William Shakespeare Roderigo is in love with Othello’s wife Desdemona and Iago has convinced Roderigo that Desdemona loves Cassio and that he should fight Cassio to win Desdemona. Although it seems as though these speeches are completely different as Tea Cake’s intent is pure, and Iago’s is malicious, both speeches support the conclusion that the way to a woman’s heart is by exerting physical dominance. Tea Cake loves Janie, and does not want to lose her to anyone, but this gets him into trouble when he makes to decision to beat her in order to scare off another man. He begins his justification by telling his friends “Ah didn’t wants whup her last night” (Hurston, 148). By stating this he is trying to invoke emotion in his audience by showing them that he feels bad for what he has done. He continues on to state “but ol’ Mis’ Turner done sent for her brother tuh come tuh bait Janie in and taker her way from me” (Hurston, 148). As he puts the blame on Mrs. Turner he is able to create a sense of anger in his audience while also using sound reasoning to show that his only choice was to resort

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