Hungry Hearts by Anzia YezierskaIn stories that draw heavily on her own life, Anzia Yezierska portrays the immigrants struggle to become a real American, in such stories as Yekl, Hunger, The Fat of the Land, and How I Found America. Set mostly in New Yorks Lower East Side, the stories brilliantly evoke the oppressive atmosphere of crowded streets and shabby tenements and lay bare the despair of families trapped in unspeakable poverty, working at demeaning jobs, and coping with the barely hidden prejudices of their new land.
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I will demonstrate further that voice is the legacy she leaves to the next generation of Jewish-American female writers, exemplified in the fiction of Grace Paley. Paley, born in the Bronx in to parents who came from Ukraine, would know the rhythms and intonations of Yezierska's stories from her own immigrant family, who were contemporaries of Yezierska. Her voice contains a vibrant, heightened, high-pitched emotionalism and euphoria, candor and openness which is intensely affirmative even as her female narrators battle against poverty and Jewish-American immigrant patriarchy. In part, this narrative voice owes much to the verbal style of ghetto women's speech, of which Sally Ann Drucker writes, "Women's verbal styles differed from men's in the activities of quarreling, marketing, and worrying" 1. Drucker also comments on how Yezierska "uses the emotional verbal style of Yiddish-speaking or dialect-speaking ghetto women in constructing her stories.
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Post a Comment. Friday, February 5, America and I Response. Much of the American lifestyle is based off of work. It is very difficult for one to live without money, and the only way people get money is by earning it through their work. An immigrant from Russia shares her story on what it was like coming to America, what she thought was the land of happiness and opportunity, and how she was able to survive.
The author notes that she is one of millions of people who have entered America with the hopes and dreams of a fresh, new life. From the perspective of her homeland, Russia, America represents the Promised Land and "wings for my stifled spirit. She wants to create and love her work instead of being driven only by hunger and basic needs. Anzia quickly realizes that although she is in America, she is not of America, separated by her heritage and language barriers. Anzia finds work at the home of a Russian family who has been in America for a while Browse all BookRags Study Guides.
The author notes that she is one of millions of people who have entered America with the hopes and dreams of a fresh, new life. From the perspective of her homeland, Russia, America represents the land of opportunities and dreams. Anzia hopes to be able to create a life much different from the one experienced by her parents. She wants to create and love her work instead of being driven only by hunger and basic needs. Anzia quickly realizes that although she is in America, she is extremely different from Americans, separated by her heritage and language barriers. Anzia finds work at the home of a Russian family who has been in America for a while and has be Anzia is also able to buy better food and live in a nicer place.