Their eyes were watching god chapter 17 summary

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Astis AP Lit & Comp 2016-2017 - TEWWG - Violence Showing 1-27 of 27

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A summary of Chapters 17–18 in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Their.

Their Eyes Were Watching God

A new season starts on the muck. Turner's brother comes to town. Tea Cake is nervous that he will try to win Janie over, so he hits Janie on purpose to show that he is in control of Janie. Not because her behavior justified his jealousy, but it relieved that awful fear inside him. Being able to whip her reassured him in possession. No brutal beating at all. He just slapped her around a bit to show he was boss.

As the season begins, some familiar faces return and some new faces appear. Turner brings her brother to town, and Tea Cake, feeling threatened, beats Janie to show that he still controls her. He pampers her afterward, and Janie harbors no ill will toward him. All the men are envious of his power over her. On Saturdays, workers receive their pay, and many use their money to buy liquor.

Much of the old crowd returns for the new season, along with new people who arouse jealousies for both Tea Cake and Janie. Turner brings her visiting brother to be introduced, which gives Tea Cake a brainstorm. He whips Janie to prove he is still in charge, not because of anything she has done, but because it reassures him of his own possession.
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Before long, the seasonal workers on the muck begin returning, and Mrs. Turner's brother arrives to chase after Janie, according to his sister's plan. It is then that Tea Cake conceives a plan that involves slapping Janie. For him, slapping his wife is an assertion of his role as a husband, and it is a gesture that the other migrants, as well as Mrs. Turner, will understand.

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