Bread Givers Essay

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“Bread Givers” Sara’s father, Moses is an old fashioned, self centered selfish man who brings his beliefs, culture, religion, and costumes to the New World. Coming from Poland as Jewish immigrants to a neighborhood in the Lower East Side tenement in New York City, Moses an Orthodox rabbi, only worries are about the study of the Torah. Even though they have no money to pay rent, and his entire family is struggling for money to buy a piece of bread, he puts no effort into overcoming the financial difficulties his four daughters and wife are living. Nevertheless, Sara and her four sisters aspire to the American dream. My understanding of gender roll is that Moses underestimates women and thinks they are inferior to men. He thinks women are only good to serve and do chores for men and treats all his daughters with the same mentality. For example, when her father did not accept prayers from his daughters because God would not listen to them for been females, and that heaven was only for men because women did not have the brains capable to study the Torah. At some instances her father’s statements, I found very funny and got some good laughs. Sara and her sisters are subjected to the control of jobless Moses who clearly uses them for monetary benefits only. In Addition, “Bread Givers” is full of men and even women oppressing other women, so much so that many women consider oppression as an acceptable way of life. Moses often psychologically abusing his wife and not allowing her to defend herself against his injustice is an example of this. Moses is constantly scolding his far more intelligent wife for attempting to make decisions. As when he buys the fake business in New Jersey with the $500 he received from Zalmon the fish peddler in exchange for one of his daughters. His wife offers to go with him to inspect the business, but he declines her even though she tells him

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