Jody spoke for Janie from the light post and he said "thank yuh fun yo' compliments, but mah wife don't know nothin' 'bout no speech-makin'. Ah never married her for nothin' lak dat she's uh woman and her place is in de home". This shows that Jody pushed her to the side and told every one that she doesn't know anything about speeches and he didn't marry her for that.
Jody wanted Janie in the middle of the store all pretty so no woman can beat her. " Jody told her to dress up and stand in the store all evening. She must look on herself as the bell-cow, the other woman were the gang." This shows that Jody is controlling because he wants Janie to dress better then others around.
Jody didn't want to be there for Janie at the store because he thinks he's all that. "I God, ah don't see how come yuh can't. 'Tain't nothin' atall tuh hinder yuh if yuh got uh sense, you got tuh. Ah got too much else on mah hands as mayor. Do town needs some light right now. This shows that Jody thinks all the power and doesn't need to help others especially his wife.