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Yentl Speech

707 words - 3 pages

A. Attention Getter
1. Yentl is born at wrong time and place to follow her dreams
     2. Father says, “Yentl, you have soul of a man”
     3. Yentl knows she does not want woman’s life
     4. Could not do domestic thimgs like cook or sew
     5. Thought women had boring life
     6. Did not want to raise children

B. Thesis statement     
     1. Yentl believed she had the soul of a man, but her Jewish background did not           allow her to make the choices in life that she wanted.
C. Overview
     1. Yentl’s father treats her with respect like a son
     2. Father thinks Yentl should study Torah because she is bright pupil
     3. Yentl wants to be equal with other Jews
     4. “Her soul thirsted to study Torah”
     5. Wanted her dream badly enough to become a man
     6. Willing to lie to others and herself
     7. wants to find wisdom and love
     8. “Singer has contempt for feminism”
     
II. Life of the author
A. Birth
     1. Born July 14, 1904 in Leoncin, Poland
B. Childhood
     1. Third child of Bathsheva and Pinchos-Mendel Singer
     2. Jewish orthodox
     3. Father a rabbi
C. Education
     1. Entered rabbinical seminary 1921 in Warsaw, Poland
     2. Left seminary 1925 to be proofreader for Yiddish literary magazine
D. Career
     1. 1923 proofreader for Literiche in Bilgoray
     2. Joined staff of Jewish Daily Forward in New York
     3. Founder of magazine Svivah
E. Major Works
     1. Novels- Satan in Goray, The Magician of Lublin, Shosha
     2. Short Stories- Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy, Gimpel the Fool, A Crown of Feathers
     3. Children’s books- Mazel and Shlimazel, Elijah the Slave, A Tale of Three Witches
     4. Plays- The Mirror, Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy, Schlemiel the First
F. Achievements and Recognition
     1. 1950- Louis Lamed Price for The Family Moskat
     2. 1966- New York Times best illustrated book citation
     3. 1970- National Book Award for children’s literature
     4. 1978- Nobel Prize for Literature...

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