Shepard then calls this an “impossible dream.” Does Shepard accurately describe the desires, or the experience, of the character Sara Smolinsky? What does Bread Givers tell us about the meaning of assimilation and the “American dream” for immigrants in the early twentieth century, and was that American dream, as Shepard says, impossible?
In the search of new better lives, many immigrants Eastern Europe traveled to America in the late 19th and early 20th century to pursue the American dream. The American dream has been an ideal of prosperity for many immigrants throughout history. The American dream represents a better life and freedom that countless immigrants ever saw in their homeland, only dream about. The international interest of trying to achieve the American dream begins to increase during the early 20th century. Many immigrants begin to understand the American dream loomed far from what they had expected before they arrived in America.
As immigrants are conforming to their surroundings they face various realizations such as Elusiveness happiness, lack of providing for their families, and the pleasure of living the American dream was not what they hope for.
Capturing the American dream:
– When Fania marries Abe with the intention of having a wonderful life and to escape her father dream of what life Los Angeles, but Fania finds that living is expensive and not wonderful at all as she expected.
Sarmiento 1 Immigrants in America "An immigrant is a person who comes to a country in order to live there permanently", as defined in the Websters Dictionary (pg 385). Immigrants come in all different shapes, sizes, and color. There all different in the way they look. Other persons would describe an immigrant to be a person that comes from another country to in this case America to look for a ...
– when Sara wanted to rent a room but to find out, that dream of being alone and having her own space has backfire. She did not expect her dream to become what it had become, it was completely unexpected.
Providing for their families:
* Reb Smolinsky denies his family sufficient finances and wisdom, refusing to contribute any money to the household and either giving away or making foolish choices with the money his children bring in.
* Mashah’s husband fails her and his children in every way possible, denying them basic necessities while he can afford to eat out and buy himself fancy new clothing.
The real American dream:
* Bessie meets Berel, she tells her mother that they should save less and enjoy life more—but her ability to enjoy life is crushed when Berel leaves.
* Fania berates Sara for studying by telling her she should get out and enjoy life, but Fania herself has admitted on several occasions that her own life gives her no pleasure at all. Sara nearly rejects her studying for Max’s sake because he makes her feel more fun and full of life, but she later discovers that Max’s pleasure is hollow and not dependent on any interest in Sara herself. The characters’ desire to live life is truly a desire to escape into a new life, a process that takes far more work than a simple wish.