By Julius Novick (auth.)
Beyond the Golden Door is the 1st e-book dedicated to displaying how Jewish playwrights of the 20 th century have dramatized the Jewish come across with the USA. Questions dealt inside of this examine contain - How do you stability previous global background with new international chance? What does it suggest to be a Jew - or to be an American, for that matter?
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Extra resources for Beyond the Golden Door: Jewish American Drama and Jewish American Experience
But I’ll tell you a big secret: My whole life I wanted to go away too, but with children a woman stays home. A fire burned in my heart too, but now it’s too late. 38 Beyond the Golden Door The Bergers are not desperately poor. ” There is always food in the house—Bessie sees to that. ” Rich Uncle Morty helps out. But life has been a struggle for Bessie. Her father Jacob could never keep a job—a fact that she resents bitterly. Money has always been tight, and the Depression has made things worse.
Judaism, he once wrote, was “a creed that meant nothing to me,” adding later, “religion never played a part in my life. ” As a young man, he changed his name from Reizenstein to Rice, explaining in his autobiography, as an American born of American parents, I saw no reason for hanging on to a foreign-looking name with which I had no associations or emotional ties. . There were those who charged me with wanting to conceal my Jewish antecedents. No such consideration entered my mind. I have never paraded my origin, but I have never tried to deny it, either.
Do you think I don’t know what it is to sweat and to freeze and to go hungry? This narrative of poverty and hard work, which Simon repeats so often in various forms, is basic to his sense of himself: the more he has suffered to get where he is, the more his success reflects credit on him. But Harry Becker is unimpressed: Do you think it’s to your credit that you started in the working class? You ought to be ashamed of it. . How did you get where you are? I’ll tell you. By betraying your own class, that’s how.
Beyond the Golden Door: Jewish American Drama and Jewish American Experience by Julius Novick (auth.)