Their Eyes Were Watching God Questions and Answers
by Zora Neale Hurston

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Explain this comment: "After Nanny, this man, who is called Tea Cake (“Tea Cake! So you sweet as all dat?”), is the staunchest feminist in the novel. He pushes Janie to play the games, talk the talk, and “have de nerve tuh say whut you mean.” (Pierpont). Support your claims with quotes and evidence from the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.

After Nanny, Tea Cake can be considered the staunchest feminist because he is supportive of Janie and kind to her. His and Janie's relationship is quite different than her previous marriages, which were stifling and ridden with jealousy. Tea Cake appreciates Janie for her personality and intelligence. He does not hold her back from doing what she wants.

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Tea Cake, Janie's third husband, could arguably be labeled as the "staunchest feminist in the novel" because he makes space for Janie to be her whole, true self. Tea Cake's positioning as a feminist can be seen when he is compared to Janie's two former husbands, Logan Killicks and Joe Starks . Janie is married off to Logan when she is quite young. Her Nanny wants her to have a financially stable life and believes that Logan will be a solid provider. But once Janie is married, she soon realizes that Logan simply wants her to act as a...

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