I believed that it was a test for Tea Cake because he vowed that Janie did not need to touch her savings because he will provide for her.
Secondly, she is still not really free in mind about equality of men and women. For the reader this clearly points out that this is not the story of an average black woman in the first part of the twentieth century.
She did not care what other people think of her, she wanted to live the life of her own. Historical context[ edit ] Racial climate in the early s[ edit ] Southern states enacted new constitutions and legislation from to that effectively disenfranchised most African Americans.
Thus, when her grandmother sees her kissing a boy, she immediately decides Janie will marry Logan, a rich farmer who is much older than Janie.
It makes the conflicts the novel deals with even more obvious and realistic.
Killicks he wants her to be what he tells her. In a reflection of post-slavery Florida, black men are subordinate only to their white employers and adhere to white patriarchal institutions of masculinity  in which women are held in a positive social regard only if they are attractive, are married, or have attained financial security via previous marriages.
From now on, you gointuh eat whutever mah money can buy yuh and wear de same. Janie is always just as far from her freedom as she is close to it.
They successfully owned businesses like the general merchandise store where most men would gather; the town's post office as well as lands.