Download a PDF to print or study offline.

Study Guide
Cite This Study Guide

How to Cite This Study Guide

quotation mark graphic
MLA

Bibliography

Course Hero. "The Assistant Study Guide." Course Hero. 20 Dec. 2019. Web. 21 Feb. 2020. <https://www.coursehero.com/lit/The-Assistant/>.

In text

(Course Hero)

APA

Bibliography

Course Hero. (2019, December 20). The Assistant Study Guide. In Course Hero. Retrieved February 21, 2020, from https://www.coursehero.com/lit/The-Assistant/

In text

(Course Hero, 2019)

Chicago

Bibliography

Course Hero. "The Assistant Study Guide." December 20, 2019. Accessed February 21, 2020. https://www.coursehero.com/lit/The-Assistant/.

Footnote

Course Hero, "The Assistant Study Guide," December 20, 2019, accessed February 21, 2020, https://www.coursehero.com/lit/The-Assistant/.

The Assistant | Motifs

Share
Share

Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis and his teachings about poverty are referenced throughout the book as reminders of Frank's desire to do good and of Morris's outlook on life. Frank, who grew up as an orphan, sees Saint Francis as an aspirational figure and wants to achieve the level of moral goodness he demonstrated. Morris is in some ways an embodiment of Saint Francis's ideas about living in poverty as a means to commune with God; thus, Morris's worldview and Frank's sense of morality are brought into alignment.

Yiddish

Yiddish words are repeated throughout the novel, a reminder of the Bobers's Jewish and immigrant identity. Along with their sometimes-flawed English, it also creates an in-group and out-group; Frank does not speak Yiddish, and therefore the use of Yiddish can act as a barrier between him and the Bobers. However, by the end of the novel, he is familiar enough with Yiddish to think in the language, which suggests his full assimilation into the Bobers's household.

Cite This Study Guide

information icon Have study documents to share about The Assistant? Upload them to earn free Course Hero access!

Stuck? We have tutors online 24/7 who can help you get unstuck.
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors You can ask You can ask You can ask (will expire )
Answers in as fast as 15 minutes
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors