After Jody gives a speech as mayor, the crowd demands that Janie give a speech and he says, "'Thank yuh fuh yo' compliments, but mah wife don't know nothin' 'bout no speech-makin'. Ah never married her for nothin' lak dat. She's uh women and her place is in de home.'"(pg.43). This quote explains how Jody views the role of a woman and how that is unfair to unfair. This illustrates how their once good marriage might not work because Jody doesn't respect Janie's wishes.
Janie feels like becoming mayor was a bad choice for Jody, "'Naw Jody, it jus' looks lack it keeps us in some way we aren't natural wid one 'nother. You'se always off talkin' and fixin' things, and Ah feels lak Ah'm jus' markin' time. Hope it gits better soon.', (pg.46). This quote explains how Janie feels isolated because she doesn't feel like they were working together as a couple, he is doing all the work while she just waits on everyone.
Janie realizes that she doesn't like being the wife of the Mayor, "Janie soon began to feel the impact of awe and envy against her sensibilities. The wife of the Mayor was not just another women as she had supposed." (pg.46). This quote shows how Janie is tired of the marriage and wants to be a normal person. She wants to feel special and he's not doing that. This shows a brokenness in their marriage because they don't see eye to eye anymore.