In the novel Breadgivers, Sara Smolinsky is navigating between the worlds of “true womanhood” and “new womanhood.” In what ways and to what extent does Sara make herself into a new woman by the end of the book? (In fashioning your answer to this question, think about these questions: What qualities of the true woman does Sara seek to escape? What qualities of the true woman does she end up holding on to? What qualities of the new woman does she embrace? What qualities of the new woman is she somewhat unsure about?) Would Sara agree with Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s argument about female selfhood in “The Solitude of Self”?
Your essay should contain a thesis statement in the introduction that directly answers both parts of the essay question (in bold above). This argument should be developed in the body of the paper, using abundant evidence from the novel and from Stanton’s speech to support your points. (NOTE: Most of the essay should respond to the first question in bold above. The question about Sara and Stanton can be addressed in one or two paragraphs).
Papers should be 5-6 pages long (NOT including title page and list of works cited), typed, double spaced, with 1-inch margins. Include a title page w/ the following information: a creative title, your name, the course name and number, and the date. You MUST use the following sources: Anzia Yezierska, Breadgivers and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, “The Solitude of Self.” You may use your textbook, your lecture notes, and any other class materials that are helpful. DO NOT use any sources other than these. Cite direct quotes, scholars’ ideas, and paraphrased information using the parenthetical method: (Yezierska 34). Include a list of works cited.
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