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The major theme of this novel is doomed relationships. There are several of these that are thoroughly analyzed in the novel. For the children of Mr. Smolinsky, they would have chosen the men they loved instead of the men they were forced to marry with the exception of Sara who did marry for love. Works Cited Yezierska, Anzia. Bread Givers. Doubleday: New York, All three authors show some lines of thought on what the freedom inherent in the American dream means. Bringing this truth into the light for all is undoubtedly a formidable and often times a seemingly unrewarding task, but W.

In an effort to justify the fiction genre as a reliable source for understanding the immigrant narrative, we will look at the personal life and fictional works of both Anzia Yezierska and Julia Alvarez, two second generation immigrant authors, who have written about immigrant experiences. The author portrays, in both the stories, a belief that the majority culture is "clean" while the minority culture is dirty.

They wanted to lose themselves and find America" Gale Database 8. Rachel and Sara, the main characters, move ahead by employing the America motto of hard work will pay off. She makes the invisible visible by centering on the lives of Chicanos--their relationships with their families, their religion, their art, and their politics.

Hanneh Breineh, a polish immigrant, stressed the importance of becoming successful. She did not want her children to have it as bad as she did. She desperately wanted them to become American. By the end of the story, all of her children are successful and rich in some way Research revealed several different findings among family values, the way things were done and are now done, and the different kinds of old and new world struggles.

Sara believed that she should be able to choose what her life will be, because it is her life. According to Liu, this is due to the ease with which Jews have been able to assimilate. Through Sara we see the collapse of a family because of religion and old world ways. Sara tries so hard to get away from her past but in the end it shows that your family will always be there, for good or bad. Anzia lost so much hope in America because she had horrible job experiences coming into America.

Her employers were mean, degrading and rude. She felt as if she was just working to live not working for something that made her happy. Once she researched past stories of earlier immigrants and pilgrims, realized that she had to work for happiness. However, it is the transference of the belief in the Dream that further enables assimilation to take place for the second and third generations in spite of hardship.

At that time, I felt embarrassed, but I still had to continue and finish the presentation. It was like how Anzia Yezierska felt. The one thing that drives this monster concept of the American dream has always been around since the beginning of time. Money it all comes down to money, no matter what you think the American dream is the true definition is money. The short story is about a poor Russian family that immigrates to America. Despite her desire to embrace the New World she has just won her place in, she attempts to reconcile with her father and her Jewish heritage.

New York: W. Yezierska, Anzia. New York: Persea Books, For the most part, these men turned out to be complete morons and self-centered. The father is a cultural misogynist. He is a very old-fashioned Jewish conservative.

Most of the men portrayed in the book are portrayed as unpleasant; even some of the suitors that some of the sisters found on their own were not pleasant. We see clashes through culture, generations, community, religion,generations, and many others. The most prominent clash of wills is that of the protagonist Sara with her father Moisha or Reb Smolinsky.

Boston: W. Williams, Julie Hedgepeth. Westport, Conn: Greenwood P, Throughout the story, one learns about the hardships of living in poverty, the unjust treatment of women, and the growth of a very strong willed and determined young woman—Sara Smolinsky. I understood the first quote, but the second I was looking forward to the explanation of why it was there and my curiosity was never answered.

Another question I had was about the first paragraph. As I wondering was Anzia Yezierska part of 2. Why mention her quote at all if its just going to die out in the first couple sentences. Why was that? There are many reasons why families immigrate and there are perception differences about immigration and the New World that create difficulties and often separate generations in the immigrating family.

Anzia Yezierska creates an immigration story based on a Jewish family that is less than ideal. Potok 32, For hundreds of years they struggled against the ravages of famine and the brutality of the Canaanites.

The story of the Jews is one of struggle in the realm of worship, peace and acceptance, and for a place to call home. Garbage disposal, plumbing, water supply, and heating was meager at best. Said Russian immigrant Anzia Yezierska in her diary: In America were rooms without sunlight; rooms to sleep in, eat in, to cook in, but without sunshine. Could I survive with just a place to sleep in and eat in, or would I always need sunlight to be happy?

Many Immigrants flooded the streets desperate for work while living conditions were harsh and many starved. This is just the case of the novel Bread Givers, written by Anzia Yezierska. In this story we follow Sarah Smolinsky, an ambiguous independent Jewish girl "trapped" by her religious traditions. After the summer reading project, we will read our first class novel, Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska. I intend on giving the students a little time in class to read the novel.

During reading time, I will let students choose to read silently or listen to the audiobook while they follow along. I have also been interested the past few years in What does Sara Hunger For? From a young age she has only wanted to support herself and her family. What that something is seems unclear even to Sara.

Sara is so unsure of what she hungers for that multiple points can be argued. Some may say she hungers for money because of the way her family has always had to scrape for pennies just to survive. Wesley Brown and Amy Ling. New York: Persea, Yezierska was a Russian born Jew who immigrated to America.


Bread Givers

Synopsis[ edit ] "Bread Givers" a three-volume novel of a Jewish-American female coming-of-age story set in the s written by Anzia Yezierska. The rent collector demands the two months of past-due rent while Reb Smolinsky recites a hymn. Reb Smolinsky explains he does not have the money. In anger, the rent collector slams the Torah shut, causing the book to fall at her feet.


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Context Further study Context Anzia Yezierska was born sometime between and in a small Polish village. Her father was a Talmudic scholar, and the large family lived on the money her mother made from peddling goods, as well as on contributions from neighbors, who honored the way the family supported their studious and holy father. Yezierska and her family immigrated to New York City in around He gave his new surname to his family, so for a time, Anzia Yezierska became Hattie Mayer.


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