Bread Givers

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Bread Givers

The book, Bread Givers is a novel written by Anzia Yezierska following the lives of woman who have to go through struggle because of new tradition verses old tradition. In the book I found that there are several themes within the book Bread Givers. Woman Rights, being one of them, seem to be an issue throughout the book. This book revolves around the lives of woman in a household on Hester Street in New York City. In the 1920’s times were not easiest for immigrants. In this book there are four girls and a mother who live under the roof of their father. The father, who goes by the name of Reb Smolinsky does not exactly comprehends his true place in the United States, or understand the culture. There was a scene that explicates that very well. In the book Bead Givers father got mad at the rent lady who was nagging the family about paying their rent and got himself arrested. He was then called the “speaking mouth of the block”. As the book Bread Givers goes on the father continues to give the woman hard time, and they happen to be his own wife and his own four daughters. The mother of the house is Shena Smolinsky. For a long time she had to put up with her husband’s beliefs. She really does not like how he just studies the bibles all day, preaches to the family, does not work, and makes her and their children go out for the work. All the wages made go straight to the father. Shena Smolinsky also treats her husband like gold, and that is the way he likes it. At the dinner table, with already not very much food, she gives her husband all at fat. The women suffer the most because they are the house that cook, clean, and work. A scene from the book Bread Givers where she tells her girls the story of her life back home and how good it was. And how she thought she really fell in love with their father, and how he doesn’t understand the true meaning of marriage. Most of the book Bread Givers revolves around men and woman. All the daughters find someone...
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