Arranged Marriage In View Of Anzia Yezierska Essay

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Ravi Shah English Composition 102 sec. 9 Dr. John Aveni Paper 5 Final Draft December 8, 2011 In the Jewish community marriage is the basic building block of society; creating families which consist of men, women, and children. Two types of marriage are love marriage and arranged marriage. This paper focuses more on the principles and practices of arranged marriage in the Jewish community from the book “Bread Givers” by Anzia Yezierska. Yezierska believes Jewish women should be educated and they should be able to choose who they wish to marry. Yezierska, through the characters in her story, shows her views of arranged marriage in the Jewish culture and the fight a young Jewish-American woman goes through with her parents to fight for her right to create her own identity. She shows the cultural change that immigrant women experience when coming to America and the hope America brings to the immigrant woen. To examine Yezierska’s view of arranged marriage from the story “Bread Givers”, I have chosen sources that focus on ethnic individual and group identities, the ideals of rabbinic culture, and the hope America brings to young immigrant Jewish women. Joanne Nagel in her article, “Constructing Ethnicity: Creating and Recreating Ethnic Identity and Culture” defines the ethnic and cultural changes an individual goes through when introduced to a new culture. Gail Labovitz’s two works about Rabbinic culture entitled, “Marriage and Metaphor” and “The Scholarly Life -The Laboring Wife: Gender, Torah and the Family Economy in Rabbinic Culture” provide explanation and analysis of scared Jewish texts, such as the Torah, to help explain how a woman is viewed in Jewish culture. Alice Kessler Harris provides good insight and background of Yezierska in the introduction of “Bread Givers”. A primary source I used was Anzia Yezierska’s “America and I”, this article tells us how

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