Comparing and Contrasting Relationships in Their Eyes Were Watching God and Seraph on the Suwanee
In Their Eyes Were Watching God and Seraph on the Suwanee, Zora Neale Hurston creates two protagonists, Janie and Arvay, and depicts their rich relationships with Tea Cake and Jim, respectively. This brief paper compares these two women and their interaction with their husbands. Contrasting the similarities of these relationships helps underscore deeper themes that Hurston draws from two ostensibly different women.
Tea Cake and Jim bear substantial resemblance to each other. They both carry a rather unsavory reputation around their towns, they both woo their new wives aggressively; they even take care of their …show more content…
If Janie’s tales stem from her wisdom borne from accumulated experiences, Arvay’s “moment of great revelation” derives from a deeper understanding of Jim, that he “had his doubts about holding her as she had hers about him” (348). But Arvay’s understanding, like Janie’s, is conditioned by her past – in Arvay’s case, by seeing the broken-down town and society in Sawley from which Jim rescued her. Having been reunited with Jim, Arvay realizes that she must distinguish between “outside Jim” –