This is for a Post 1865 U.S. History class at a major university. It concerns the novel "Bread Givers
" by Anzia Yezierska
The point of the paper is to explore what it was like for immigrants through the eyes of of a family who experienced the obstacles and accomplishments of becoming "American"-- for better or worse. The paper should be a thoughtful exploration of this Americanization by way of an argument. Your first paragraph should have a clear concise statement about what you are going to explore throughout the paper. Then, each paragraph should have subthemes. You can be creative in thinking about the family. Does Sara contradict or represent the breaking away from the old world (just as the US broke away from England). Because these issues were not unique (and still are not unique) to the Smolinsky family, you should tie in the historical themes that are relevent. Why is it, for instance, so difficult to make it in the U.S. when the U.S. is portrayed as the land of opportunity? Or, are we the land of opportunity? After all, Sara does get her education and achieve her dreams. There are many points of view you can take, but for the most part, I want to know that you have explored and given some thought to immigrants experience in becoming "American." Hope this helps, let me know if you need more.
The professor gave us these questions to consider while writing the paper.
Questions to ponder regarding Bread Givers
1. How does Sara's relationship with her father affect her motivation to achieve her goals in the United States? How does her experience as a second generation immigrant Jewish woman hold her back from achieving her goals? How do the negativisms in her relationship with her father and her gender actually motivate her to succeed in life?
2. What does Sara's experience say about the "American Dream," especially as we have discussed in lecture? What about Reb? And the rest of the family members? What does this say about how the U.S. treated immigrants and vice versa? In what ways do different immigrant groups accomodate to the new land in the U.S?
3. What does the ending mean? Does Sara actually escape her origins in achieving her version of success in the U.S., or is her heritage actually reinforced throughout the process?
4. Based on the book, what are some parallels you can make regarding urban life in America and the information we have covered regarding immigrant life? How did immigrants cope with the demands of U.S. conformity? What are some contradictions between what they experienced and what they thought they were going to experience?
The paper must use The novel Bread Givers
by: Anzia Yezierska and refrence it specifically. Also the paper will be graded on 34 points for application of historical issues; 33 points for technical writing; 33 points for critical analysis/literary thought.
So make sure that the paper is written accordingly
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