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Tevya and His First Daughter Tevya and His First Daughter is about a poor dairyman Tevya and his daughter Tzeitl who is in an arranged marriage that she does not want to be in Tevya and his wife Golde both approve of Tzeitl being married to Lazar Wolf the towns butcher They forget to ask Tzeitl about her feelings about the marriage and when Tzeitl finds out she starts to cry Tzeitls sister Hodel is the first on to make Tevya realize his mistake about the forced marriage and he goes to Tzeitl to fix it The parents the daughters and the suitors all have different views on arranged marriages Tzeitls parents meant well in their choosing of Lazar Wolf They believed since he had many shops and had a good income that he could support her and take good care of Tzeitl Another instance the furthered their decision was that Golde had a vision of Tzeitl in a wedding dress which lead her to believe that Lazar was the one to whom she should be married While at Lazar Wolfs shop Lazar fed Tevya drinks to further his influence of him marrying his daughter Since Tevya and his family was poor Lazar Wolf took advantage of that aspect by showing Tevya that he was well off he could support her and there was no need for a dowry from Tevya When Tzeitl found out about her arranged marriage to Lazar Wolf she became distraught and started crying When Tevya asked why Tzeitl was crying Hodel remarked that Tzeitl did not want to be forced to marry anyone especially someone she did not love This fact made Tevya understand his daughters thinking and his mistake of forcing her into marriage without consulting her first Afterwards Tzeitl told her father about the man she was planning to marry Mottel a tailor Tevyas daughter made him grasp the idea that a marriage should
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