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Ashley Morgan Dr. Jordan March 16, 2007 The Fixer: A Man’s forced Transformation Yakov Bok, the main character of Bernard Malamud‘s The Fixer, is at a constant struggle. Yakov is a very likeable person, but he is Jewish; this was not a very accepted religion at the time in pre- Revolutionary Russia. His religion is the main reason he is steadily at battle, but his views of Judaism change throughout the novel. He faces many obstacles, but becomes a stronger man. In the beginning of the story, Yakov Bok’s life is looking a little gloomy. He seems to have very bad luck, which he blames on him being an orphan. Before the beginning of the story, Yakov’s wife, Raisl, leaves him. There was friction in the marriage because the couple did not have a child. Eventually, he leaves the shtetl, his home, and heads toward a better life in Kiev. He passively leaves his religion behind him, but does not exactly find the life he wanted. Yakov has a hard time adjusting to his new home. Yakov tries to hide his religion because Judaism was forbidden in Kiev.
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