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. Reb Smolinsky slaps her twice in anger, causing her to seek out the police to arrest him.
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Jan 03, Joey rated it really liked it Even up to this day, in the Philippines, fathers are still considered the head of the family. No matter what happens, he is the one who decides against anything concerning familial problems. It is neither the mother nor the eldest child. It is just him none other than anyone else in the family. There are some cases that a father figure tends to be authoritarian and dictatorial. No matter what you opine of is not acceptable for him. Your opinions and suggestions will just go in the ear and out Even up to this day, in the Philippines, fathers are still considered the head of the family.
Your opinions and suggestions will just go in the ear and out the other. He imposes draconian rules whether you like them or not. So all you have to do is shut your mouth and live with intestinal fortitude. Otherwise, he will hurl abuse at you, or if you are a son, he will make a man of you by punching you in the chest or stomach. The classic one? He will redden your ass with his flagellant belt. If you happen to be a girl, he will turn your face black and blue with his iron palm.
Do I sound exaggerated? Take it for granted if you are in the same boat. I guess you understand what I am talking about. If you remonstrate with me, well, luckily, you never have this kind of father. Neither do I. As a social science student, I have learned that the common reasons why a man is perceived to be the head of the house are based on distorted culture molded by ancient teachings particularly such as of Confucianism and Christianity.
Men are superior to women. Men are biologically stronger than women. So with these patterns of learned ideas, we learn that we, I mean you , should pay homage to us men.
Thanks to those misleading bodies of teachings! We are always put on the pedestal. Consequently, we peoples in the world tend to be incorrigible.
No wonder there is no world peace. The good thing is we are creatures of human expression. We can express our disappointment in human ignorance through literature. The consequence? A masterpiece everyone deep-seated should read. She may have been one of those immigrants, along with her family, escaped the pogrom in Russia and was stopped at Ellis island from entering the US when the American President was still in the air whether it should adopt the immigrants or not.
One thing I am cocksure about Yezierska: As an immigrant, she went through the pressures of American dream in New York where she and her family ventured in to survive.
So this novel will make you tear your hair and your toes curl. The sequence of the stories is not similar to other surreal books you love to bury yourself in. Every scene is so fast that you will end up in a hanging position as if you want to read more at full length. Probably, you are used to much description. Nonetheless, for me, it is not that a big deal. So, amidst of reading it, I predict that the ending of the story could be like a-happily-ever-after denouement.
However, as the story goes deeper, the more foolishly miserable the story becomes until I come to the point that it might be a disappointing story after all. On the other hand, I did not like the way Yezierska wrote the sequence of the events: fast and slapdash.
The hallmark of this book is its quotable and witty dialogues. You can be serious about the philosophical dialogues among the characters, but you will end up finding them funny. However, be ready for the character of Mr. Reb Smilonsky. You might go mad at him that you might feel like engaging him in a debate over religion and life. So there are times that I put this book down for a moment gnashing my teeth as though I can no longer stand listening to a character, a byword for hypocrisy, megalomania, and grandeur delusion.
Another highlight of the book is the grammar structures of the sentences. I cringe at the sentences, but they convey substantial tones and emotions. I am predisposed to anger, annoyance, and empathy, so I am no bothered at them at all. Every scene tends to carry me away. Bread Givers is not the only one I have read dealing with immigrant life in America.
All of these books bear the same concept: American dream. No wonder reading just the likes of them have a significance impact upon readers like me.
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. Young Hattie had a variety of jobs, first peddling homemade paper bags on Hester Street and later becoming a laundress, waitress, and sweatshop worker.
The novel The Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska Analysis
In the book, Father, Reb Smolinsky, is bothersome and irritating instead of helping his wife and daughters in maintaining the household. His hypocrisy was very cruel. Stop Using Plagiarized Content. Get Essay He married his daughters to men who they loved did not love. Lastly, Father was negligent to his daughter Sara.
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