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Their Eyes Were Watching God: Discuss the different kind of woman Janie is with Tea Cake as compared with when she is with Joe.

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With Tea Cake Janie recaptures the vitality of her youth and a mature freedom; with Joe she had lost her own identity and grown hollow.

When Janie first meets Joe Starks, he is taken with her, calling her "a pretty doll-baby." Then, when she goes with him and leaves Logan, Janie feels that from now on 

...she was going to have flower dust and springtime sprinkled over everything.

Instead, she finds herself ordered about and made to be little more than decoration. For instance, he tells her to dress and stand in the store for hours. When people ask her to give a speech at an assembly, Joe forbids her to do so, and he tells the man who has asked, that God did not make her for speeches, but instead to sit in the store and be ornamental and submissive with her hair...

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