Bread Givers And Nella Larsen 's Quicksand Essay examples

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In the early 20th century was not a particular good era for women. The conventions at the time of womanhood was to get marry and have children. In Anzia Yezierska’s Bread Givers and Nella Larsen’s Quicksand, the female protagonists dare to want more than marriage and they want a place for themselves to be independent stable women. Both of Bread Givers and Quicksand explores the image of American female identity in the early 20th century. Both Sara and Helga struggles with their identities with their racial and gender backgrounds that manifest in different ways that shape their journey into finding a place to call their own. In this quote “A lack somewhere. Always she had considered it a lack of understanding on the part of the community, but in her present new revolt she realized that the fault had been partly hers. She hadn’t really wanted to be made over” (Quicksand pg 7) this quote explores that Sara and Helga want to find themselves a place that they can truly be themselves.
Both Bread Givers and Quicksand explores the struggles with racial and ethnic identity through Sara and Helga’s experiences of passing and not passing and their denial of access mobility because of their racial and ethnic identity. Through Sara’s experiences with her Jewish Identity, the person that represented Jewish Traditional Identity to her was her father Reb Smoslisky. Throughout most of the novel, Sara felt that her father was a tyrant to her family and that he ruined her sisters lives by his…

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