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dharti | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 16, 2009 at 11:12 AM via web

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Who are Peter and Pavel?

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litelle209 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 16, 2010 at 12:23 PM (Answer #2)

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Peter and Pavel are two Russian immigrants  that live close to the Shimmerdas and the Burdens. The text hints that Pavel has a past in Russia that seemingly haunts him. They seem to be good people in search of a second chance-a typical motif in the fiction at the time. Pavel dies in the course of the narrative, but the reader learns that he has a guilty conscience because he literally threw someone to the wolves  to save himself ( see link below). This forces him to leave for America. Pavel dies, supposedly from working to hard. Perhaps this can be read that he had a somewhat intellectual past and was not used to hard work? Left without his friend, Peter must sell the little homestead he owned with Pavel.

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