Bread Givers has ratings and reviews. BlackOxford said: Male LiberationA gem in so many dimensions: King Lear with an extra daughter, a proto. Free Anzia Yezierska Bread Givers papers, essays, and research papers. The classic novel of Jewish immigrants, with period masterwork of American immigrant literature is set in the s on the Lower East Side of.

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Sara and her sisters become furious, viewing the quick marriage as a dishonor to their mother, and vow to not see their father. However, it is not that way for Sara Smolinsky. However, as the story goes deeper, the more foolishly miserable the story becomes until I come to the point that it might be a disappointing story after all. Included in this book there are many interesting notes written by the daughter and historical researchers.

If only there had been more of this and less of the father, hahaha! I often find myself thinking about it, in fact, even though it’s been a good many months since I finished it. Sara’s father thought that he had to do what he did because of his religion and the fact that he is a rabbi made it more important.

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Son of a Smaller Hero. Mar 02, Yinglin Chen rated it really liked breqd Shelves: As her life goes on, she never gave up at all.

In our in class discussion the professor mentioned the “necessary cooperation of women for any paternalism to exist” and I hoped silently that at least a few of the women in the classroom fully understood the comment. When she returns to visit with her family after her initial educational endeavor, her reception was as expected.


The familial patriarch is Rabbi Smolinksy, and his wife is Shenah, who is in awe of him, despite her nagging manner. If the story is pitched at too high of a register to sustain itself, and the heroine’s father too hread of a caricature of the chauvinistic patriarch, there are more than enough moments of genuine feeling to make up for it. Get to Know Us. Twice Upon a Time.

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Sara creates a rigid daily schedule, causing her to ignore her family. The fact that this book was written in the ‘s and that it was not immediately recognized as a masterpiece of literary work, says much about American society in the turn of the twentieth century. Sep 23, nicole rated it really liked it. She gets an education and goes to college!! A Personal History and Bulosan: Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping.

Men are biologically stronger than women. She breaks free and learns yezieraka be a person on her own, without needing a man to define her value.

Nov 24, Lorri rated it really liked it Shelves: If You Want to Write. The youngest won’t stand for it.

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Yeziedska this is a genuine belief of his or a mere self-justification for his hypocrisy, it’s severely problematic, especially since he is unwilling or unable to acknowledge that others may not share his own priorities. Out of this family the fierce Sara Smolinsky claws her way, leaving yeziersma household while still single, going to college, becoming a teacher, and marrying for love.

But not even then frree is not free; in the end, old Reb Smolinsky threatens to ruin even her new household by becoming so helpless that he lives with Sara and her husband. The contradiction is obvious to everyone but himself so he ends up participating in the same yesierska which he has inflicted on his daughters by, as a widower, marrying a woman who expects nothing but … a bread giver.


After her mother’s death, her father remarries, but learns that his new wife, the widow Mrs. After part one, I only really had Sara to root for. It’s nearly impossible to comprehend a father sending his kids out to work and bring home every penny to him, while he sits at home reading his religious books.

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I hated how controlling he was and This book was assigned in my English class as part of our reading list for the Spring semester.

Feeling successful, Sara returns home to find her mother fatally ill.

This is really the ultimate “girl brdad book, and considering that it was written in the s, ahead of its time. I said it before, but it stands repeating: Even at the end, I still couldn’t forgive him. He is a hypocritical, delusional, selfish, greedy poser who wants tradition to justify breadd he shamelessly exploited all of the women in his family.

We can express our disappointment in human ignorance through literature. The three older daughters go along with his dogmatic and fanatical whims and attitude.