Janie is driven by sheer frustration and desperation until a Jody Starks offer her a welcome relief from her stifling marriage. He is enamored by her charm and beauty and proposes marriage. She thought that her dream for true love would finally materialize, but disappointment awaited her. He promised her recognition and a respectable life. Apparently, it appeared that life was a dream come true and she has found a new lease of life, as a wife of the town mayor. However, she soon realizes that her movement is restricted as she must do as she is told by her husband, who makes it clear that “she is uh woman and her place is in d’home” (Hurston). Janie is hurt by her husband’s behavior, and once again, her dreams shatter. She realizes that it would waste her if she were to spend the rest of her life in the company of an egocentric and dominating man. One thing Janie has realized for sure is that money cannot buy happiness, and power is fatal to love. She refuses to remain an inarticulate possession of Jody. She is the pear blossom waiting to bloom in spring. She has spent twenty years of her life struggling with Jody, but in the process, she has discovered her strength and personality. Her perception of the ideal love finally culminates in her meeting with Tea Cake.
“Maybe this strange man was up to something … Tea Cake wasn’t strange. Seemed as if she had known him all her life” (Hurston).
Tea Cake is the person who appreciates Janie and appreciates her for what is. Ages of boredom and restlessness ends for Janie. There is a paradise of love, after all. He showered her with love and care. Janie became a child “breaking all the rules”. Finally, a relationship is founded between them based on the power of emotional bonding. It is in the marriage of Tea Cake and Janie Crawford that the ultimate motif of love and marriage has been defined by Hurston.