Bread Givers has ratings and reviews. BlackOxford said: Male LiberationA gem in so many dimensions: King Lear with an extra daughter, a proto. Free Anzia Yezierska Bread Givers papers, essays, and research papers. The classic novel of Jewish immigrants, with period masterwork of American immigrant literature is set in the s on the Lower East Side of.

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Preview — Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska. In some contexts, “a person” seems to mean simple humanity, as in Reb Smolinksy’s quote above. What’s going to be your end? No, she isn’t flawless. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! The substandard wages they earned kept them in constant poverty. Yezierksa puts you in the shoes of a poor Jewish immigrant girl growing up in New York City under the tyrannical yeziwrska of her father. This was written in so a reminder that feminism as analysis of yzierska suppression of women as distinct from the struggle for the vote didn’t just start in the s and s.

To view it, click here. This book is set in the s on the Fre East Side of Manhattan on Hester Street about a girl named Sara Smolinsky and all her struggles to attend college to become a teacher. I really liked this book. I celebrated when she sees through the guise of the predatory suitor, I laugh knowingly as ahzia falls for improbable crushes and I enjoy her triumphant completion of college and return to New York as a teacher.

Time and again we see father fail with breadd religious antics, simultaneously tearing the family apart, and i could sens This is a very poignant story about a father stuck in his old habits and ways while his child is trying to adapt to the new. Even at the end, I still couldn’t forgive him.


Only get it on your Kindle right away and prepare to read late into the night! Proving that certain men are nothing without women. Sara on the other hand, comes to terms with father’s relentless demand brezd authority, and tries to break free from it. While much progress has been made since the inception of Women’s Lib, we still have further to go and many women continue to suffer in patriarchal societies.

Probably nothing, at least in the eyes of the father. I cringe at the sentences, but they convey substantial tones and emotions. A very interesting book, you just have to remember when it was written, and not compoare her writing style to something you’d see written today. The author yeaierska to describe him as a man simply trapped in the Old World and really all together innocent, but it’s clear from his actions that he’s not.

In other words, American culture offers her an outlet from breqd more oppressive cultural background. His manipulations, rants and raves eventually cause them to give in to his dictates. Second, she is not accepted by most other Americans, especially in college, because they can see her impoverished immigrant background. And I wonder if the mixture of “traditional” American values with Smolinsky’s Orthodox background, make for a givera violent collision.

It was interesting to see some Jewish culture in the book. This book has many description that made me think as if I was living with Sara. I became so engrossed in the book that I finished in one day not a huge feat, the book is only pages.


Sara depicts Elizabeth, New Jersey, differently as a more rural community based on an agricultural economy.

The classic novel reveals the hardships Jewish immigrants faced in America. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

First, she must labor incredibly hard to work her way into the American dream. During a dinner, Hugo and Sara find out they are countrymen: However, it is not that way for Sara Smolinsky. She forgives him and starts to accept him for who he is. An Anzia Yezierska Collection. Mar 20, John Smith rated it it was amazing.

I can totally relate to this story. Despite my utter secularism, I must say that the value placed on textual study and reasoned, informed argument is something I find pretty inspirational about the tradition of Judaism. Nov 08, Sharyn rated it really liked it. The good thing is we are creatures of human expression. I wanted to dance, to fly in the air and fgee the sun and stars with my singing heart.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This article needs additional citations for verification. As is often typical of ultra- religious families, women are subjugated to the rules of male dominance.