Table of Contents Context Anzia Yezierska was born sometime between and in a small Polish village. Her father was a Talmudic scholar, and the large family lived on the money her mother made from peddling goods, as well as on contributions from neighbors, who honored the way the family supported their studious and holy father.
Smolinsky despairs over the situation, the youngest daughter, Sara, promptly goes outside to sell herring and makes the family some money. Later, the older girls find jobs, and Mrs. Quiet, dutiful Bessie soon falls for a young man named Berel Berenstein and invites him home for dinner one night.
Though Berel is willing to marry Bessie without a dowry, her father says Berel must also pay for the entire wedding and set him up in business as well.
Berel refuses and storms out. Mashah is the next daughter to find a romance that Reb Smolinsky considers inappropriate. She falls in love with Jacob Novak, a piano player from a rich family.
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. He then arranges marriages for all three girls, which leave them all desperately unhappy. Smolinsky must again scramble for survival, and each day they endure increasing criticism from Reb Smolinsky.
One day, Sara reaches her breaking point. She runs away from home and decides to become a teacher. She plans to live with either Bessie or Mashah, but both have been beaten down by poverty and bad marriages. Instead, she rents a small, dirty, private room of her own. To pay for it, Sara finds a day job in a laundry, using her nights to study and take classes.
The life Sara has chosen is not easy. She faces discrimination for being a woman and living alone; her fellow workers ostracize her; her mother begs her to come home more often; and her unhappy sisters nag her to find a husband of her own.
When she realizes Max is interested only in possessions, however, she refuses him. College is another struggle against poverty and loneliness, but Sara wants so badly to be like the clean, beautiful people around her that she perseveres and graduates. She gets a job in the New York school system, buys nicer clothing, and rents a cleaner, larger apartment as a celebration of her new financial independence.
Feinstein, a widow who lives upstairs. His daughters are deeply offended by this insult to their mother, and after Mrs.
Feinstein tries to extort money from her new stepchildren, all of them decide to stop speaking to their father. Furious at her unexpected poverty, Mrs. The letter, however, actually draws Hugo and Sara together, and their bond tightens as they talk of their shared heritage in Poland.
Hugo does this as well, and the novel ends with the implication that Reb Smolinsky will soon escape his new wife by moving in with Hugo and Sara.Immigration.
Anzia Yezierska Booklist Anzia Yezierska Message Board Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Bread Givers At the start of this novel, Sara Smolinsky is an immigrant child growing up on New York's lower east side with her parents and 3 sisters. Clashing of Wills Conflict between generations is a common them to many novels. In the novel"Bread Givers", by Anzia Yezierksa, the clashing of wills of two generations is one major theme. We see clashes through culture, generations, community, religion,generations, and many other. Immigration. Roger Daniels. Immigration and immigration policy have been an integral part of the American polity since the early years of the American Republic.
Roger Daniels. Immigration and immigration policy have been an integral part of the American polity since the early years of the American Republic. This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska.
Jewish-American writer Anzia Yezierska published Bread Givers in The three-volume novel is set in New York City’s Lower East Side and tells of a young girl growing up in a family of Jewish immigrants.
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Sara is ten years old, the daughter of Russians who came to America in search of a better life. Ferraro profiles Yezierska and offers an extended discussion of Bread Givers, her other novels, her short fiction, and her sketches.
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New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, A biography of Yezierska, with an analysis of her writings and overview of her career. Rhoades, Chip.
The novel, published in , is melodramatic in style. Anzia Yezierska, born in Poland, during the late ’s or early ’s, emigrated to the U.S. with her family in and as Sara, in the novel, the author pursued an education. The title of the book, “Bread Givers” refers to men, as men are assumed to be responsible for their schwenkreis.coms: Immigration to the United States is the international movement of non-U.S.
nationals in order to reside permanently in the country. Lawful immigration has been a major source of population growth and cultural change throughout much of the U.S. history. Because the United States is a settler colonial society, all Americans, with the exception of the small percent of Native Americans, can trace.