Yezierska’s impression of America

Errol Smith

English 1101-D376
1) What is Yezierska’s initial impression of America? How does she compare it to her life in Russia?
-Yezierska’s initial impression of America was that she would have a lot of opportunity in America she compares it to her life in Russian as living in jail.

2) What does she aspire to do when she first arrives in America? What must she do first?
-Anzia’s aspiration was to be more free as a human being in America and she must maintain a job to survive.

3) Do you think her “Americanized family” treats her fairly? Why or why not?
-Yezierska’s “Americanized family” doesn’t treat her fairly even though she lived with them she was not getting paid much at all.

4) What was the best part of her second job on Delancey Street? Why did she end up losing it?
-The best part of her second job on Delancey Street was that it made her a better worker but she ended up losing it because she didn’t want to work long hours she wanted the evenings and nights to herself.

5) What kind of work does Anzia prefer to do? What is stopping her?
-Anzia prefers to do work that involves using her mind and not hands but she doesn’t speaks fluent English which prevents her from what she prefers to do.

6) Do you agree with the author’s argument that immigrants should receive free room and board? Why or why not?
-I agree with the author’s argument that immigrants should receive free room and board until they’re financially stable enough to live on their own.

7) What lessons did she learn from the Pilgrims? How did this knowledge transform her idea of what it takes to succeed in America? Do you agree with her assessment?

-Anzia learned from the pilgrims that the pilgrims and herself was similar and also different. The differences was that Anzia wanted to find America, but it was already made.

8) How does the author utilize the concepts of “hunger” and “appetite” to bring out her thesis?

-The author utilizes the concepts of “hunger” and “appetite” by putting hunger, as the lowest point. Hunger, meaning she can’t control it. Also she puts darkness with it. And the author uses “appetite” with “real food” where she had three meals a day.


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