Break Givers Exam Project
Story about the bread givers
"Don't you know it's always summer in America?" And in the new golden country, where milk and honey flow free in the streets, you'll have new golden dishes to cook in, and not weigh yourself down with your pots and pans." p.9
"You'll see he'll cover Mashah with diamonds and through her riches, all of us will get rich quick." p. 77
In America, a man can get rich quick if he only has a head for business." p. 111
Father and family are still in the old country and he is talking to his wife about his hope for a better life in America, where they will have enough money to buy new feather beds, pots and pans and whatever they need to be happy.
"But won't you be proud of me when I work myself up for a school teacher, in America?" p. 172
Father is trying to marry off his daughters to men with money so he can collect a dowery for each of his daughters and receive ongoing income for their lost wages. He sees Moe Mirsky, with his diamond business and all the diamonds that he'll give Mashah, as the way he'll provide for her and father and the family so they can live the American dream. Father is so overjoyed with the idea that he's finally going to make it in America, that he doesn't see that Moe Mirsky is a fake.
"And like a dream mounting on a dream was this college town, this New America of culture and education." p. 210
Father sees the American dream is often about owning your own business so he uses money from the dowery of his daughter Bessie, and earns from Sara to buy a business and find his own American dream. He wants his family to see that he can be successful and provide for them, but again he doesn't see that the business is a fake.
"I could begin my career as a teacher as well dressed as any of them. The dark night of poverty was over. I had fought my way up into the sunshine of plenty." p. 238
Sara wants her mother to be proud of her as she is going to school and plans to go to college so she can become a school teacher and not be reliant on a man for income. Her mother's idea of an American dream is to get married. Sara is planning on getting married some day, but she wants to marry a man that is a person and she must first make herself a person. She wants to truly live the American dream and have a rich and fulfilling life with enough income to support her needs and wants.
The college town is where Sara first sees what the American dream can really mean to her. She sees the people living in this town as the "real Americans." They are lean and straight bearing and they have none of that terrible fight for bread and rent that she always saw in New York. The streets are quiet, shaded with greens. No crowds, no tenements. Only a leisured quietness of peace in the air. Sara finally feels she is on her way to the american dream.
Sara has finished college and accepted a teaching job in New York. Paid $1,000 to start, she is heads back to New York to walk Fifth Avenue, devouring with her eyes the wonderful shop windows. For the first time in her life, she can pretty much buy anything she wants and begin her career as a teacher as well dressed as any of them. She has become a person and achieved her American dream.
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