Do you want drama, love, and passion; well that's what I experienced in the book "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston. In this book Janie is the main character. Janie has been through three difficult and different marriages. You will see how Logan and Joe treated Janie so poorly. But Tea Cake was a real man and knew how to treat Janie.
Janie's first husband was Logan. The only reason that Janie and Logan got was married was because Janie's grandmother wanted her to marry Logan because she wanted Janie to live a stable life, with someone that could take care of her and also because Logan had 60 acres of land. Logan never paid any attention to Janie. Janie never got a break when she was married to Logan she was always bossed around. Logan though Janie could handle all the work but it was really pushing Janie away. Janie began not to stand Logan and ran away with Joe. Logan thought everyone spoiled Janie including himself, and he thought that should stop.
Joe Starks was Janie's second husband. Joe Starks was flashy, smart, and loving. Janie ran away with Joe so they live there in a new town that was built by African Americans. Joe was nice to Janie until the power if being mayor got to him. He made Janie wear nicer clothes than the other women. Also, Janie was not allowed to speak when the townsfolk gathered the store. Janie began to feel unloved. On Joe's death bed Janie told Joe that he would never let her be herself around him or anybody else. Joe never let Janie keep her hair down, he always made her keep it in a head rag because the guys started checking her out, and he wanted his lady to himself so he started to become insecure. When Joe became ill he became very insecure about everything that Janie did.
Janie did not like to be told what to do or how to do it. Joe could not see that because Janie was always doing what Joe wanted because she knew that is how marriage works. Janie ran the store, cooked and still had to keep up with things at her own home. Plus when Joe thought something was wrong he yelled at Janie, and one time he even hit her. Janie did not feel that she had deserved to be beaten because she did nothing wrong in her eyes.
Then you could see that Logan and Joe really did not love Janie. Joe on the other hand loved Janie but not for who she was but for what he wanted her to be. Janie did not like the way she was being treated so she began not to care for men like Logan and Joe. Janie knew some day true love was going to come when the time was right. Janie just moved on with her life until that one man came along. The only thing that Janie really wanted was to find true love, and that's when she met Tea Cake.
Janie then met the love of her life Tea Cake in Eatonville. Tea Cake loved Janie he liked how she caught on to things so quickly. So Tea Cake taught Janie a lot of things like how to shoot a pistol, shot gun, and rifle. Tea Cake also taught Janie how to play checkers and even how to fish. He always kept a smile on Janie's face because he never wanted her to hurt Janie. Tea Cake didn't want her to spend her own money he wanted to make money and spend it on Janie. So he did anything and everything for Janie even in the hurricane. Then Tea Cake got rabies from the dog that bit him in the face. All of a sudden Tea Cake had got sicker and Janie had to kill the love of her life. Tea Cake was a real nice person he had respect for everything and everyone, he never really disrespected anyone. Tea Cake stole Janie's money when they first got married so that he could go and get some food for him and Janie but instead he ended up not coming back for a few days and gambled Janie's money and also got himself a guitar with that money. He also told Janie that he would pay her back when he got a real job, and when he got a real job he did pay her all 200 dollars back.
So in conclusion love only comes once in a lifetime. You can expect people to change if they think what they are doing is okay. People deserve the same respect you give yourself. Using people is not love nor do friendships if you can't appreciate them for who they are just leave them alone. Janie found the love of her life that treated her with as much respect as he possibly could; they fell in love and lived the best life that they could together until Tea Cake died.