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The Story Rothschild´S Fiddle Essay

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The story “Rothschild’s fiddle” takes place in a small village with the main characters named Jacob, a Russian coffin maker, Rothschild, a poor Jewish musician, and Martha the wife of Jacob. Jacob isn’t very fond of Jews specifically Rothschild. Besides being a coffin maker Jacob plays the fiddle in an orchestra for weddings but because of his hatred for Jews he later in the story becomes a backup player rather than a main performer. Jacob is a very complex character; he thinks everything is a loss; in fact Jacob begins to see his life as a handful of “losses.” Sundays and holidays when he cannot work represent losses; a wedding without music being played represents a loss; a rich man who ...view middle of the document...

Jacob plays his fiddle for Rothschild for the last time and his pain is so well felt from the fiddle that Rothschild and others who here it can’t help but weep. I feel like the moral of this story from what was shown is to tell yourself to give up accolades of the world and instead sink into the world itself therefore you will never be seeking for losses but seeking only for gains.
I met with Mevin Josh and Corey as well as students from not only GCC but also Scottsdale community college to have a discussion about this story “Rothschild’s fiddle” at the Lux coffee shop. We began to talk and address how to deal with loss, as we began thinking about loss, some students came up with the idea of thinking about the good times of the individual instead of the bad witch may help somebody who experiences loss like Jacob did. We talked about how when one forgets, it is as though it never happened, and for Jacob he treated his life experiences as if his life had never happened. Corey talks about how he became content and how he was unhappy and wasteful for the duration of his life. As Melvin Josh the philosophy teacher spoke I began to take note that in...

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