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Clashing of Wills Conflict between generations is a common them to many novels In the novelBread Givers by Anzia Yezierksa the clashing of wills of two generations is one major theme We see clashes through culture generations community religiongenerations and many others The most prominent clash of wills is that of the protagonist Sara with her father Moisha or Reb Smolinsky Some may say that these two characters clash because of their differences Others might say that it their similarities that cause the clash between them both It seems that it is a combination of their similarities and their differences that cause their clash and in fact binds them closer than any of the other characters At the beginning of the novel we learn that Saras father has nick named her blood and iron recognizing the fact that she has a strong will It is Saras strong will that causes the most of the conflict with her and her father Sara gets her strong will and drive from her father She is not like her sisters who follow the cultural expectations of early marriage but she instead has greater ambition for her life Sara plans to get an education which is not in her fathers plan for her life Reb wants Sara to marry like her other sisters and live a holy life according to the Torah Saras will to educate herself and Rebs will to have Sara married is what causes the conflict in their relationship Like Saras blood and iron will Reb also is driven for his daughters to live their life according to the Torah It is the strong will of these two characters that cause their connection While Reb is bound to the laws and traditions of the Torah Sara is bound to the drive to be educated or make herself a better more successful person One incident that exemplifies the strong will of both these characters is
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