Mrs. Turner is a mixed-race woman who hates her blackness and wishes to be white. Making such a character as Turner author shows how ugly it is to turn back from your culture and from who you are. Turner is a much-disliked character in the story; her ‘whiteness’ is showed as very ugly and inappropriate thing. Life isn’t good to her; she has got a very ill husband and son. Turner prides herself on her Caucasian features and disdains anyone with a more African appearance. She cannot understand why a woman like Janie would marry a man as dark as Tea Cake, and she wants to introduce Janie to her brother.
Mrs. Turner in the Essays