Analysis Of The Novel ' Of Anzia Yezierska Bread Givers '

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The novel of Anzia Yezierska Bread Givers talks about a Jewish family who immigrated to America and lived in Hester Street in the lower east side of New York. The Smolinsky family lived in starvation, the ones who financially support the family were the daughters rather than the father. As a Jewish father, Reb Smolinsky, does not work because he is focuses all his time on reading his holy books and demanding his daughter’s wages. Shaena Smolinsky is the mother who is always stressed about the poverty life they have, but she is also the supporter of her husband because she feels that he lives too much around his religious world rather than the real world. The older daughter Bessie, Mashah, and Fania struggle to find work. Bessie is the one oldest is the one who carries the burden of the house. Mashah is the prettiest sister and spends all of her wages on making herself more beautiful. Sara is the youngest sister and also the main character in this novel. Sara is the one who actually had the courage to stand up for her and rebel towards her father for not letting her make her own life. The Jewish tradition for women is to have arranged marriages, so Reb decided to look for someone to pair up his three daughters after the older daughters bring their loved ones home. He disapproved of the men his daughters brought because according to him they would not have a good life and he told them “a father known the future because he is older” (pg. 75). The first two daughters Reb

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