Something that might be very clear to Skyes and as such gives him the over inflated confidence that he has. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company?Even when he flaunts Bertha around town he tells her that he owns the town. Dis is uh love game. Despite his pleas to Delia to help him after he has been bitten by the rattlesnake. If anything Delia is a hard-working honest woman who many in the town pity due to her relationship with Skyes. With this novel, however, she did not create a new context for the representation of folk culture. By inventing a narrator who witnesses, even participates in, the performance of folk traditions, she combated the inevitable distortion of an oral culture by its textual documentation. His own ignorance and arrogance has resulted in his death. He has a wife who will cook and wash for him and he has a mistress who will tend to any other needs he might have. Hurston also had a psychological motive for presenting black folk culture. Refusing to use her money, Tea Cake takes her down to the Everglades, where they become migrant workers. Ironically Skyes wanted to be in control of others yet at the end of the story he is left with nothing. Would a sterile, materialistic white world ultimately absorb African Americans, destroying the folk culture they had developed?
The view most often endorsed by the novel emerges from the folk culture. Delia appears to be happy to have her home even if Skyes thinks that the home is his.
Even when he flaunts Bertha around town he tells her that he owns the town. Although the deacons, whom Hurston often portrays satirically, pressure him to stop preaching, he still has some loyal supporters among his parishioners.
Elijah believed it too. The novel lacks a consistent point of view.Spunk was free, but now the excitement begins. Hurston had visited Haiti and Jamaica in the s and had become very interested in the practice of voodoo. If anything some readers might suggest that Skyes not only has no redeeming qualities but he is also an exceptionally selfish man. He is finally forced to stop preaching at Zion Hope. How to cite this page Choose cite format:. She picks beans with him in the fields, and he helps her prepare their dinners. Why should African Americans wish to imitate a white bourgeoisie? On a visit to a friend, however, he is tempted by a young prostitute and, to his dismay, succumbs.
They represent community members participating in a highly expressive communication system that taught them to survive racial oppression and, moreover, to respect themselves and their community. It is as though he believes himself to be more important that he actually is.
Ironically Skyes wanted to be in control of others yet at the end of the story he is left with nothing.
The story is told from the point of view of the characters, and Hurston writes the dialogue in their broken English dialect. By means of a kind of preaching competition, the deacons attempt to replace Pearson with the pompous Reverend Felton Cozy, whose preaching style is white.