Throughout a typical story or novel, a character often changes themselves after an adventure or conflict. They may change themselves through a variety of ways, like changing their own beliefs, or changing their financial or social status. This can be applied in two popular classics, “Bread Givers” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry”. Throughout the story, the protagonists managed to reform themselves after a course of events, even though they did keep some aspects of themselves. For Sara, enforcing her own beliefs over her father’s orthodox tradition allowed her to educate herself and be financially independent. Meanwhile, Huck managed to reinvent himself by developing a conscience. In both books, the main characters managed to reinvent …show more content…
Now that there is an established definition within context, parts of “Bread Giver’s” will be pointed out to display how Sara Smolinsky’s actions show her reinventing herself. In “Bread Giver’s”, Sara Smolinsky transitioned from being financially dependent and bound to her father, to a person who was able to make vital decisions without heavy external influences, like her father’s cultural values. In the beginning, Sara was not able to make her own choices. A good example of this is when Sara trusts a customer to pay her back later, but the father frowns on Sara trusting a customer to pay back two cents. He implies her dependence to him by stating “Without asking me? I’m the one to decide who is to be trusted” (Yezierska 134). The quote emphasizes the Father’s authority over Sara, as well as her dependence on him. To further explain, when he says the phrase: “I’m the one to decide ...” he clearly states that it was him that makes any choices in the store, rather than Sara. A smaller, but significant example of Sara being financially dependent on her father is when her father doesn’t give Sara her earned-money for herself. Sara states “And yet, when I’d bring home the wages to Father, he’d never let me have money to buy something I needed” (Yezierska 89). The significance of this quote can be found after a couple of paragraphs after, where the father refuses to buy a coat for her daughter, even though the weather was freezing cold.
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Huck has a grim attitude toward people he disagrees with or doesn't get along with. Huck tends to alienate himself from those people. He doesn't let it bother him. Unlike most people Huck doesn't try to make his point. When Huck has a certain outlook on things he keep his view. He will not change it for anyone. For instance in Chapter Three when Miss Watson tells Huck that if he prayed he would get everything he wished for. “Huck just shook his head yes and walked away telling Tom that it doesn't work because he has tried it before with fishing line and fishing hooks.” This tells us that Huck is an independent person who doesn't need to rely on
Sara's father wanted to control everybody else's lives, in his family, but he did not want anyone telling him how to do things. He felt that he should be able to control the family spendings even though he did not earn a penny. He went against his wife's request and used every penny of their savings to buy the store. His wife asked him, "Promise me that you won't pay out the money till I come to see what you buy." (113). He went ahead and bought the store without letting his wife come down to see it first like he had promised her. He made a huge mistake then, just as he had with his daughters. He did not pick a good husband for any of his daughters. He was fooled not only by the store owner but also by the daughters' husbands. The reason he made all these mistakes is because he would not listen to anyone's advice. If he had listened to his wife, he would not have bought the store because she would have been with him, and she would have noticed something was wrong because she was already suspicious. She says, "Does he really ask only four hundred dollars for all this?...Ask him to give you a pencil to count up all the goods there is in stock." (114). She has more sense about business then he does, but he gets to be in control of all their money. Today, women have more of a say in what goes on with the financial part of the family as well as with who they are going to
Bread Givers tells the story of Sara Smolinsky, whose life is almost the same as Anzia Yezierska, who is the author. Through Sara we see the collapse of a family because of religion and old world ways. Sara tries so hard to get away from her past but in the end it shows that your family will always be there, for good or bad.
In line three, she uses a metonymy. She substitutes the word “bread” for “money”. The use of the phrase “earning their bread” (ln 2-3) suggests that children are working to be able to afford their necessities, which shouldn’t be the case if they are so young. This dramatizes the work that children do. Kelley goes on to use two oxymorons. She said, “Boys and girls … enjoy the pitiful privilege of working all night long” (ln 43-45). Privileges shouldn’t be pitiful. This provides a sarcasm that shows just how bad working conditions are. Her second oxymoron lies in lines 64-65, “free our consciences from participation in this great evil”. Evil shouldn’t be great. By using these contradictions, Kelley conveys her message with the irony of the way that child labor is being handled.
Huckleberry Finn by: Mark Twain has many examples of the Hero’s Journey. The main ones that stuck out were challenges, mentors, and return. First, the challenge was to escape his father. Second, his mentor for his journey was Jim. Finally, his return was when he got caught when he was getting the doctor for Tom. In conclusion, There are a lot of examples of the Hero’s Journey in Huckleberry Finn by: Mark Twain.
The genre of this novel is Picaresque or a genre of prose fiction that depicts the adventures of a roguish hero of low social class who lives by his wits in a corrupt society (Encyclopædia Britannica, 1). The time of the setting was before the Civil War; roughly 1835–1845; Twain said the novel was set forty to fifty years before the time of its publication. The place of the setting was the Mississippi River town of St. Petersburg, Missouri. In the beginning of the novel the setting was set in the household of Miss Watson, but the setting also took place along various parts of the Mississippi river and traveled into Arkansas.
A natural tendency is for characters to change and develop throughout a story as it progresses. A character can develop from A kind personality to a angry personality. For instance how Scrooge changes from greedy and cruel to selfless in A Christmas Carol. When Scrooge is put through a series of test to see what life is like outside of his shell, his demenur on life changes. ALthough characters can also change in a negative way. Scrooge's gradual change in attitude from selfishness to selfless conveys the theme, the populace has the power to change their ways no matter how distasteful their actions once were.
From Star Wars to the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn timeless classics exist in multiple contrasting formats and outlines. They all come in with their own unique stories and differences that make each one a must read. However, there are many things that make one timeless classic similar to another. Two important criteria that make a timeless classic include the kind of experiences it presents and the well-rounded symbols it uses to enhance the theme. These two criteria are important for a timeless classic to be relevant because they can directly correlate with the life of a reader or send them a valuable message; this is exactly what Harper Lee presents in To Kill A Mockingbird. To Kill a Mockingbird is undoubtedly a timeless classic as depicted through the vivid and well rounded symbols it presents to enhance themes and the relevant, relatable experiences the protagonist Scout undergoes, which can directly be applied to any person even in the present day.
The novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was written by Mark Twain and published on December 10, 1884. This picaresque novel takes place in the mid-1800s in St. Petersburg, Missouri and various locations along the Mississippi River through Arkansas as the story continues. The main character is young delinquent boy named Huckleberry Finn. He doesn’t have a mother and his father is a drunk who is very rarely involved with Huck’s life. Huck is currently living with Widow Douglas and Miss Watson who attempt to make the boy a more civilized and representable citizen. Later Huck runs away and meets this runaway slave named Jim and they become good friends. As Jim and Huck travel down river in their raft they experience many conflicts.
In some plays the experience of an important character changes him or her. In others the experiences of an important character leaves him or her almost completely unchanged. In Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, Walter Lee Younger goes from being selfish to being the man his family needs. The road to becoming the man they needed was very rocky and difficult at times.
“I know I’m a fool. But I cannot help it. I haven’t the courage to live for myself. My own life is knocked out of me. No wonder Father called me the burden bearer.” This was regarding Bessie, this shows how Bessie’s life was shaped through the influence of religious teachings, forcing herself to stay loyal to the societal expectation and giving up her personal pursuits. She calls herself the “burden bearer” because it was the religion and/or societal teaching for females in Judaism should dedicate their lives to men’s. This was, in fact, the case in which every female figure of the Smolinsky family has suffered throughout the book. Sarah, too, was suffering from such conflict until she realized this is not what she sees herself into if she is to make herself break out the poverty and the so called “religious obedience”.
In Anzia Yezierska’s novel entitled Bread Givers, there is an apparent conflict between Reb Smolinsky, a devout Orthodox rabbi of the Old World, and his daughter Sara who yearns to associate and belong to the New World. Throughout the story, one learns about the hardships of living in poverty, the unjust treatment of women, and the growth of a very strong willed and determined young woman—Sara Smolinsky.
Curiosity about the possibility and conditions of "change in identity" has been remarkably intense, in fiction and in psychology, during the last century. In talk about literature, this has led to the development of a crude but useful terminological distinction of two sorts of characterization: "static" and "dynamic." A static character, in this vocabulary, is one that does not undergo important change in the course of the story, remaining essentially the same at the end as he or she was at the beginning. A dynamic character, in contrast, is one that does undergo an important change in the course of the story. More specifically, the changes that we are referring to as being "undergone" here are not changes in circumstances, but
As Lina undergoes the utter bedlam of Soviet officers intruding she and her family’s residence and coercing them to pack their belongings, she recollects the time when a woman at the counter of a bakery rejects Lina’s payment for bread and supplies it to her free of charge, citing Lina’s father, Kostas’ benevolence. Overcome with curiosity, Lina asks her father what he had done for the woman at the counter to merit the complimentary bread and he immediately dismisses Lina’s question by stating that he did not do anything to be entitled of obtaining the bread. Sepetys encompasses this juncture of the text to present the reader with the characterization of two of the main protagonists of the novel through their speech. The writer describes how
Make the best of this time on earth and better himself, help others and live tot the fullest full of adventure. This is the basis of Huckleberry's being it is what drives him, keeps him going. As long as he continues down this path he should have a decent life good enough for him. I believe he will have a good ten years full of exploration and learning as he develops as a human being.