A short Anzia Yezierska biography describes Anzia Yezierska’s life, times, and work. Also explains the historical and literary context that influenced Bread Givers . Bread Givers has ratings and reviews. BlackOxford said: Male LiberationA gem in so many dimensions: King Lear with an extra daughter, a proto. Anzia Yezierska, Bread Givers (New York, ). Chapter 1: Hester Street. I had just begun to peel the potatoes for dinner when my oldest sister Bessie came in.

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This book is set in the s on the Lower East Side of Manhattan on Hester Street about a girl named Sara Smolinsky and all her struggles to attend college to become a teacher.

The collector lady from the landlord! Reading of Sara’s clashes with her Orthodox rabbi father, I was reminded of such modern immigration tales as Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior and Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory —in both of which, as in The Bread Giversthe female protagonist’s primary point of conflict is with the traditions and assumptions of her family or culture of origin, rather than with the dominant American culture.

My own daughter, living in the same house with us, asking, ‘Why did the landlady come? Books by Anzia Yezierska.

The last chapter, to me, it seems like Sara isn’t happy anymore. He rose slowly, but quicker than lightning flashed his hand. No matter what you opine of is not acceptable giveers him.


Sara realizes that her father does need a wife to care for him and convinces her sisters to help support their father and his new wife.

Sara Smolinsky, on the other hand, struggles against cultural assumptions that she is worth nothing, has no value givsrs her own outside of serving men: Father made his prayer, thanking God for the food. Mother tore her hair when she found that Mashah made a leak of thirty cents in wages where every cent had been counted out.

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I longed for the close, human touch of life again. I want you to know about Sara Smolinsky who lets her own father starve and no rent.

Pick them out yourself. Many of the decisions he made were bad ones and he never apologized.

The author tries 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. So he should be thrown in the street to shame and to laughter for the whole world.

Art thou not he that hath cut Rahab and wounded the dragon? The father is so backwards and tyrannical that he almost seems to be a one-dimensional caricature, although by the end of the book you see how helpless he really is. Not the grocer, not the butcher.

This chapter helped me to appreciate the significance of the book and why it is being considered as a classic book of Amerian literature. Jun 19, Pamela rated it it was amazing.


Bread Givers

His two white hands on either side of the book, his whole body swaying with his song: To ask other readers questions about Bread Giversplease sign up. Her dilemma to choose college over marriage. So what tivers he to do? Probably nothing, at least in the eyes of the father. I’d love to use a number of inappropriate words to describe the father, but I’ll stick to ones Yeziierska feel comfortable saying on goodreads: He ends arguments with his wife with by saying “Woman!

Hester Street I had just begun to peel the potatoes for dinner when my oldest sister Bessie came in, her eyes far away and very tired.

You’re not a person at all. One look at her, and I knew she had not yet found work. We watched Father bite into the sour pickle which was special for him only; and waited, trembling with hunger, for our portion. Her parents are from Poland in the Russian Empire. Do I sound exaggerated?