In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston power as in fulfillment has been seen in many ways. Janie has been taken over by all of her husband’s. Also Janie has no control over what she does and gets told what to do. She is living the life of a woman with no means of living. Janie likes her life but she is taken over by all of her husband’s and does not know what to do. She is a woman that listens to the man but does not like it.
In the early chapters of this book Janie was living a life that she loved. She was married until her husband died. Then all of a sudden Joe came into her life and took it over. Joe told Janie what to do and where to go. He took her to Eatonville where she had no control over what she could do. When Joe told her what to do she had no choice because she had to do what was best for the village. When Joe says “Leave heah, Janie. Don’t come heah”. (86) This shows that Joe is telling her what to do and she does not want to listen to him. Janie is realizing that Joe is not the one that she loves and that is why after he dies she runs off with someone else.
But for now Janie is on her own in Eatonville. Janie has the power over Joe once he dies. Once Joe dies, Janie is a free woman from all of Joe’s hatred. When Janie says, “Come heah people! Jody is dead. Mah husband is gone from me.” (87) This shows that Janie can live like a women and not a child. This shows that Janie is free from all of the chaos that Jody caused her. Janie further more shows that Janie was the most trouble in her life and now finally she has got away from it. Now that Janie is free she decides to run off with someone else.
Later on in the story Janie runs off with a man named Tea Cake. Throughout the story Tea Cake has controlled Janie. Tea Cake shows much power over Janie. When Tea Cake says, “Thank yuh ever so much, Lias. But we ‘bout decided tuh stay.” (156) This shows that Tea Cake has power over Janie. Janie has no control because she has no say...