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Their Eyes Were Watching God

             Lasting Friendship Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, (1937) presents strong evidence of love as a symbol of a true friendship that lasts forever. When Tea Cake comes home with his hard earned money, he says to Janie "What Ah tell yuh Ahm gointuh bring it, Ah don't lie."(122) Tea Cake is straight forward with Janie that's one of the things that Janie admires about him. Unlike, her other husbands, Logan, and Joe, who controlled her on one way or the other. Because they have the trust they can rely on one another anytime. Tea Cake gives Janie whatever he can offer. "From now on, you gointuh eat wahutever mah money can buy and wear de same. When Ah ain't got nothin" you don't git nothin."(122) Tea cake loves Janie and wants her to be happy. He's the only one who gives Janie the freedom to be who she is, not who someone wanted her to be. All of Janie's life she was hidden behind a mask that only was taken off with Tea Cake's love. "He drifted into sleep and Janie looked down on him and felt a self-crushing love. So her soul crawled out from its hiding place."(122) The love that both Tea Cake and Janie shared gave Janie's soul the freedom and the food it starved for many years. After Tea Cake's death, Janie did not feel alone. "She called in her soul to come and see."(184) Tea Cake had given so much love to Janie that would last her whole life. Tea Cake not only encouraged Janie's growth to independence, but also given her a direction toward her new life. Even though Tea Cake is gone physically, he is there with Janie. "He could never be dead until she herself had finished feeling and thinking. The kiss of his memory made pictures of love and light against the wall."(184) Tea Cake's death freed Janie for the rest of her life. When he was gone she had nothing else to look after in life except herself. She was like a little seed, able to blow in the wind and go wherever she chose to go." She pulled the in her horizon like a great big fish net she called in her soul to come and see.

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