BREAD GIVERS ESSAY!

BREAD GIVERS ESSAY! - Roaa Taha HIST-106-516 Yezierska...

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Roaa Taha February 18, 2008 HIST-106-516 Yezierska, Anzia. Bread Givers . New York: Doubleday & Co., 1925. “Thank God, I’m not living in the olden times. Thank God, I’m living in America! You made the lives of the other children! I’m going to make my own life!” (pg. 138) These are the words of the rebellious Sara Smolinsky, the new world daughter of a strict Orthodox rabbi who is stuck in the old world. Anzia Yezierska, author of the novel, Bread Givers , gives us a look into the lives of an Orthodox Jewish family and their struggles to keep their old world traditions and beliefs in the influencing new world, America. In this essay I will be discussing two themes that are central in this novel. The first is the struggle of the old world vs. the new world. The second is the struggle to be independent and successful vs. the acceptance of your family. The first theme is the struggle of the old world vs. the new world. The Smolinsky family was torn between these two worlds. The parents were from the old world and only know the
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