COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS 4
Comparativeanalysis of Anizia Yesirskia`s "Bread Givers" and RichardWright`s "Native Son"
Weboast to be the most evolved of all creatures on earth, but when welook into it, we are no different. The human society is rife withhatred, jealousy, and envy which make us adopt oppression to keep theones below us from rising, in fear that they will better us. TheNovels `Bread Givers,` written by Anzia Yesirskia, and `Native Son,`written by Richard Wright, both deal with the oppression of thecentral character. Because oppression is such a major theme in bothbooks, this comparison will help us understand the hardships of bothSara and Bigger.
Oppressionin the Society
Thefirst case study is abuse within the family in the case of Sara, theyoungest of a Jewish family who is sat down on by her father, RebSmolinsky. Being Jewish, a girl child has no say in her life but thatwhich her father decides for her. Reb Smolinsky is a jobless stay athome father and the dictator of the household. He has made sure thatall her three daughters’ marriages have a monetary benefit to him.This has ended up in all of the girls having broken up marriages andliving in a life of poverty.
Seeingthat she cannot live a life where her father controls her and end uplike her three sisters, she contemplates running away to become ateacher, which she eventually does. This prompts her old man todisown her, but it works for her sake because it enables her to growherself financially.
Thisnovel covers all the negative effects of oppression. It leads toclosed mindedness of the oppressed who have the belief that successis only an illusion as in the case of Sara’s older sisters who gaveup hope of ever living a free and happy life, therefore, succumbingto poverty. Oppression is a disease of the mind that only theoppressed can cure. We should all take Sara’s example of rebellinglest we succumb. It does not matter whether you have to be the outlawin the society. Being on the same level of thought into the societywill be our doom
Theoppression covered in the second book is that of the whole society.The ever present hatred between blacks and whites in America startedafter the civil war when the black society was never viewed asslaves. After the civil war, they were seen as pests in the countryand associated with violence, crime, and illiteracy.
Thebook centers on Bigger Thomas, a poor and uneducated black man whoresorts to crime for livelihood. Being a black in the 1930s Americawas no fun at all especially for men who were always a target for thepolice. Bigger, after having had enough of the criminal life securesa job as a chauffeur for his landlord Mr. Dalton, where he will endup accidentally smothering his bosses’ daughter and landing him introuble.
Whilein jail, he is defended by the lawyer, Boris A. Max, on the groundsthat he is a native son and just a product of an oppressed societywhich will never stop unless the white people start changing theirways, first beginning with the release of bigger. This shows thatoppression of a whole society is a danger as the oppressed willalways fight back unless set free. Freedom is the message that weshould all preach.
BobMarley said it, “can’t take your slogans no more,” and we allknow it. We print it in placards and sing it in slogans,“OPPRESSION!!” it is the death of the society and the doom ofhumanity. It is the virus that is eating us from the inside out andweakening us at the knees. It is present in all walks of life, and weshould all come together, unite and address it before it claims usall.
Wright,R. (1940). Nativeson.New York: Harper & Bros.
Yezierska,A. (1975). Breadgivers.New York: Persea Books.