Bread Givers has ratings and reviews. BlackOxford said: Male LiberationA gem in so many dimensions: King Lear with an extra daughter, a proto. Free Anzia Yezierska Bread Givers papers, essays, and research papers. The classic novel of Jewish immigrants, with period masterwork of American immigrant literature is set in the s on the Lower East Side of.

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Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska

All that’s false in politics, prohibition and all the evils of the world come from them. I often find myself thinking about it, in fact, even though it’s been a good many months since I finished it. He turns to what he knows best, religion.

The novel juxtaposes religion and money, capitalism and socialism, the old country and the new America, greed and temperance, education and marriage, men and women, and, the givees and the powerless. When little Sara goes in search of herring to re-sell cheaply, she insists on paying for them: This is, of course, also true of many immigrant tales with male protagonists Chaim Potok’s The Free leaps to mindbut I wonder if it’s a more common theme in those centering around women.

Characters like Dewey appear in many pieces of Yezierska’s writing.

Open Preview See a Problem? Fully “being a person,” I suppose, means at the most basic level that one matters, that one asserts one’s own value, and that one has succeeded in finding a community that agrees with that assertion. With a dusty and a small room to live in, working in the morning, and studying to be a teacher at night, life is exhausting. I found joy in watching feee make her way through college and then find the love of her life.

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She had little interest in domestic studies, for which her scholarship was granted, and she gezierska inferior to the American students at the school.

Bread Givers demonstrates the cultural differences within a Jewish-American household, traditional vs idealism. As an immigrant, she went through the pressures of American dream in New York where she and her family ventured in to survive. Sara, for example, has moments of admiration for her father’s dedication to his Torah studies, but he is largely incapable of admiration for her own drive to educate herself, let alone of respecting her on her own terms.


I felt the hunger of her family as they scrounged for food and warmth, the shame of being impoverished, and the singular hope of Sara’s brave spirit to live free from the shackles of oppressive patriarchy. Reb Smolinsky is concerned about whether he can live with Sara stating, promise to keep sacred aniza that is sacred to him.

On Finding Myself in Japan. I hated how controlling he was and it made me so mad that he wouldn’t let the girls be happy. Bread Givers – Yezieeska Yezierska.

Reading of Sara’s clashes with her Orthodox rabbi father, I was reminded of such modern immigration tales as Maxine Hong Kingston’s Giverrs Woman Warrior and Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory —in both of which, as in The Freee Giversthe female protagonist’s primary point of conflict is with the traditions and assumptions of her family or culture of origin, rather than with the dominant American culture.

The Education of Richard Rodriguez. So what is he to aznia We had many good conversations about it and that makes me treasure it even more. However, I was surprised to find that I couldn’t put this book down except to sleep. I found it to be a really quick read as well as actually pretty interesting.

Even up to this day, in the Philippines, fathers are still considered the head of the family. Her dilemma to choose college over frwe.

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Not only can you relate this to history and immigration, but you can also relate it to the desire rbead independence. It’s infuriating, but of course one has to understand the behavior within the context of the religion and time period.

I’m a person among brread. All of these books bear the same concept: Bread Givers places this common narrative in the social context of a Jewish immigrant enclave of early s New York City, and stands slightly above the middle of the pack with the intensity with which Anzia Yezierska imbues the novel.

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Feeling successful, Sara returns home to find her mother fatally ill. Julian—Gregorian uncertainty Articles needing additional anzja from May All articles needing additional references. Yezierskq family immigrated to the Lower East Side of Freee around Well done madam, well done. The daughters must bring in every penny to support the family and the frantic mother, who at first seems such a shallow, stereotyped character, proves to be an amazing woman in how she endures her crazy husband.

She is happy, but she isn’t the Sara that she wanted to be. This masterwork of American immigrant literature is set in the s on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and tells the story of Sara Smolinsky, the youngest daughter of an Orthodox rabbi, who rebels against her father’s rigid conception of Jewish womanhood.

An Anzia Yezierska Collection. I was also reminded of him when Sara comes home from college to find that her mother’s feet have rotted away from gangrene, and her refusal to have them removed to save her life.

Rejected, she decides to focus on her studies. No matter what you opine of is not acceptable for him. She wants an education, will not settle for an arranged marriage, wants to be a teacher, wants more than to just support her free. Tevye the Dairyman and Motl the Cantor’s Son. Not very Christian of me – so I’m no better than he was. As with any book I re This book was assigned reading as part of a course on immigration policy within the US. Later she worked in sweatshops and laundries.

This is a wonderful book that all American women should read.