"Thank yuh duh yo' compliments, but mah wife don't know nothin' 'bout no speech-makin'. Ah never married her for nothin' oak dat. She's uh woman and her place is in de home." Joe says. (43). This demonstrates how Joe is in charge of Janie. Joe speaks for Janie like she's a child and she obeys his rules. This theme contributes to identity because it shapes who Janie is as a individual, she's sacrificed herself for Joe.
"Ah often wonder how dat lil wife uh hisn makes out wid him, 'cause he's uh man dat changes everything, but nothin' dot change him." Hicks complained. (49). This proves that Joe makes the rules for the town of Florida. Joe is so controlling and possessive that he wants everything changed. Joe doesn't want to adjust to the town and get to know everyone before putting down rules. He wants to change everything else but himself.
"What make her keep head tied up lak some ole 'oman round de store? Nobody couldn't git me tuh tie no rag on mah head if Ah had hair lak dat," Sam says. (49). This proves that Joe this controlling and everyone in town thinks that's he is also mean to Janie and try's to control her too.