Themes Of Fiddler On The Roof

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The classic tale of a Jewish family’s struggle in a Russian society that is growing more and more hostile, Fiddler on the Roof is rich in historical and ethnic detail, with a central theme that crosses the barriers of race and class to become a classic musical that draws in audiences worldwide. Fiddler on the Roof is a favorite among many musical theatre lovers because of its humor, inspiring plot, and underlying theme of faith and tradition.
Fiddler on the Roof is set in a Jewish community in pre-revolutionary Russia, where every decision made by the residents of Anatevka, Ukraine, is centered in community and religious tradition. For poor dairy farmer Tevye and his wife Golde, these traditions include getting the town matchmaker, Yente, to find their five daughters suitable and wealthy husbands. Tzeitel, who is not yet twenty, doesn't like that Yente only sets her up with old men, and is secretly in love with a poor tailor named Motel. Motel doesn't believe Tevye would approve of a union between him and Tzeitel due to the economic status of both families, and because their union had not been arranged by the matchmaker. Another daughter, Hodel, understands the importance of these traditions better than her older sister Tzeitel. Hodel has grown attached to the idea of marrying the rabbi's son, because of what he is, rather than who he is. Younger sister Chava hopes for someone to love in the future, but for now is content to focus on her love of reading. The approach of

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