He scrutinized every error his family made, but said nothing when he, himself committed a wrong. Thus, building a Jewish enclave within the Lower East Side of New York. Sara Smolinksy, the youngest daughter of a rabbi, watches as her father marries off her sisters into dire circumstances, and she vows to escape this fate. Despite the fact that most American Jews have never set foot there--and many come from families that did not immigrate through New York much less reside on Hester or Delancey Street--the Lower East Side is firm in their collective memory. Anzia Yezierska highlights… generations to fulfill their dreams into an unequal society. I had to feel what I felt even it killed me. There are several of these that are thoroughly analyzed in the novel.
Lastly, Father was negligent to his daughter Sara. Feeling successful, Sara returns home to find her mother fatally ill. Through Sara we see the collapse of a family because of religion and old world ways. He would not allow her to see him and marriage was out of the question. There are two types of arrange marriages. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. The Smolinsky family lived in starvation, the ones who financially support the family were the daughters rather than the father.
His hypocrisy was very cruel. During a dinner, Hugo and Sara find out they are countrymen: Jewish. Reb Smolinsky is concerned about whether he can live with Sara stating, promise to keep sacred all that is sacred to him. His unethical and disturbing actions would send him directly to jail today. He blamed the whole situation on Mashah although he had arranged the marriage.
Reb Smolinsky slaps her twice in anger, causing her to seek out the police to arrest him. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Bread Givers, by Anzia Yezierska, 3rd ed. He was also ignorant of his parental responsibilities. This masterwork of American immigrant literature is set in the 1920s on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and tells the story of Sara Smolinsky, the youngest daughter of an Orthodox rabbi, who rebels against her father's rigid conception of Jewish womanhood. While trying to assimilate into the American culture, and as she tries to come up with a self identity, Sara is faced with a couple of challenges. She was born into a family or a community where women were considered to be the main source of income and as such, she was habituated to working hard so to provide for the family.
His daughters are deeply offended by this insult to their mother, and after Mrs. One night Father came to visit her and scolded her. His insistence on basing everything on his faith renders him unable to improve the economic status of his family and they thus remain in abject poverty for a long time. He did this all because Sara refused Max Goldstein, a potential suitor for her picked by Father. Later, the older girls find jobs, and Mrs.
In his opinion, she had committed several serious errors. Lastly, instead of supporting his daughter Sara throughout her schooling Father outcasted her. The letter, however, actually draws Hugo and Sara together, and their bond tightens as they talk of their shared heritage in Poland. Conflicted, Sara asks her father to come live with her and Hugo. Beautifully redesigned page for page with the previous editions, Bread Givers is an essential historical work with enduring relevance.
If they ever had times they hated Father, they were too frightened of themselves to confess. Bread Givers shows an excellent representation of the pressures on children from their parents to be married against their will. When Jacob comes back to beg for forgiveness, Mashah feels defeated enough to stand by and let her father kick Jacob out for playing piano on the Sabbath. One of the characters, Sara Smolinsky is particularly used by the author to portray this theme. The bottom starting-point of becoming a person. Sara creates a rigid daily schedule, causing her to ignore her family. Father treated his family to the point where it became disgusting.
Her work featured female protagonists struggling with issues of economic survival, Americanization, and the tension between immigrant parents and their children. Sara could not even afford to buy good clothing in college. Mashah is the next daughter to find a romance that Reb Smolinsky considers inappropriate. The negotiations between these ideological counterpoints characterize the novels and reflect and refract the intellectual ferment of their time. According to Liu, this is due to the ease with which Jews have been able to assimilate. Concerned, Sara walks her father home and begins to care for him by asking time off from teaching. She is filled with an intense desire to succeed as quickly as possible, as though were she not to become a teacher as quickly as possible, it would not happen at all.
Though largely populated by Jews from Eastern Europe, it was not ethnically or even religiously homogenous. In this way Father thought of him as a deserter and did not like him. The novel The Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska tells about a traditional Jewish family immigrating to America and the problems that they face. Feinstein tries to extort money from her new stepchildren, all of them decide to stop speaking to their father. Particularly after 1960, the Lower East Side gave often secularized and suburban Jews a biblical, yet distinctly American story about who they were and how they got here. In many occasions, she reflects on the deep desire that she has of being alone. He uses the arranged marriages for his own financial gain even though his daughters are unhappy.
About the Author: Anzia Yezierska 1882-1970 was born in Poland and came to the Lower East Side of New York with her family in 1890 when she was nine years old. Yezierska represents the act of Americanization in her novel by concentrating on the events of the Smolinsky family encounters. Plot Overview The Smolinsky family is on the verge of starvation. Even when she is making the conscious decision to leave her family in search of a new life, she has a hard time in making the decision. He decides to purchase the store without his wife's opinion, despite her pleading to go with him to make the deal. For instance, his daughter Mashah was in love with a pianist by the name of Jacob Novak.