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Pearl And Teacake A Comparison Those we love are the most capable of hurting us We place with them our trust we lay ourselves bare to them so that only they can see us for who we are But when they hurt us that hurt stings more deeply and stays longer than any other Examining the books Their Eyes Were Watching God and The Scarlet Letter we can easily compare Hester and Janie More subtle than these main characters are those that influence them the most Pearl and Teacake Pearl is Hesters the adulterer daughter and Teacake is Janies final husband and the one person who allows Janie to be an individual While the differences are obvious between these two characters their similarities are even more striking These include their free spirits their mischievousness and the pain they inflict on their loved ones If one main characteristic was to bind Pearl and Teacake together it would be their free spirits Pearl acts on her whims and does as she pleases regardless of the repercussions or the thoughts of the townspeople But Pearl who was a dauntless child after frowning stamping her foot and shaking her little hand with a variety of threatening gestures suddenly made a rush at the knot of her enemies and put them all to flight Hawthorne 92 In this quote Pearl displays her typical capricious behavior in attacking the offending group of children The only character in Their Eyes Were Watching God with such unparalleled free-spiritedness is Teacake Teacake also acts on his whims regardless of cultural taboos Teacake decides to teach Janie to play checkers a game only played by men Dis de last day for dat excuse You got uh board round heah Hurston 95 Free-spirits among a world ruled by boundaries Teacake and Pearl are two of a kind The second characteristic that is shared among both Pearl and Teacake is their mischievousness Pearl while
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