Bread Givers Summary

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Bread Givers is a story set in the Lower East Side of New York, during the 1910’s of a family named Smolinsky. It is an accurate autobiography of Anzia Yezierska, the author of this book. Anzia Yezierska was born in a shtetl, in Plotsk in Russian Poland and immigrated to the United States in the 1890’s. She was born in a very poor family headed by her father, a Talmudic scholar. She grew up in the Jewish ghetto. Likewise, the Smolinsky family was a very poor Jewish orthodox family, who had immigrated to the United States from Poland. This was a period of hunger, starvation and hardship. The main character in the novel, Sara Smolinsky, is an accurate fictionalized character of the author itself. The Smolinsky is a family consisting of four daughters and the parents. The protagonist, Sara is the youngest one and is aged ten at the beginning of the story. She is the most rational and independent of all the girls. Her journey is the struggle between a father of the Old World and a daughter of the New World. . Masha is the…show more content…
Reb Smolinsky wanted a man who would work for God, a man who would hold up the flames of the Holy Torah before the world. Eventually, Fania is married to Abe Schmulker, who was in the cloaks-and-suits business. Mashah is married to Moe Mirsky, who makes sales in diamonds. When the wife of Zalmon, a fishmonger died, Reb Smolinsky thought this was a good opportunity to marry off Bessie. He thinks with the lodge money for his wife’s death, Zalmon has become a rich man and it would be a good chance to marry off Bessie. Bessie however is shocked on hearing this and says she hates the smell of fish. If Zalmon was the last man on earth, she wouldn’t marry him. When Bessie sees that Zalmon’s youngest son, Dave is burning with fever and really needs love and affection of a mother figure, she decides to marry despite never liking
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