His face was thin and pale, as if he had been shut in this room since the day he had bolted from the store. In time, Sobel, who is a Polish Jewish refugee, learned to run the business and saved Feld from ruin. Perhaps seeing this as a sign, Feld takes Max aside and asks the young man if he would like to meet his daughter, Miriam.
But she is not interested in his choice of Max, a college student. The title of the story may also be symbolically significant as Malamud may be making reference to the biblical story of Jacob and Rachel.
It contained a narrow cot, a low table and several stacks of books piled haphazardly around on the floor along the wall, which made him think how queer Sobel was, to be uneducated and read so much.
When Feld is finally able to return to work, he realizes that his only hope is to seek out Sobel again and convince him to return to work. Feld was not feeling particularly well so he stayed in bed, and Mrs. If anything this desire within Feld for Miriam and Max to get married appears to be driven by the insecurity that Feld feels about what may happen Miriam should she not marry someone who Feld believes to be of a significant social position.
Although Malamud often wrote about Jews, he is usually regarded not as a "Jewish" writer but as one who explored, through the Jewish experience, universal human hopes, struggles, conflicts, and dilemmas. In this exploration, Malamud reveals that for an individual to fully count as independent, she must be allowed to make her own life decisions.
To protect Sobel, Feld himself had to see that he received more than he asked for. A figure emerged from the snow and the door opened. He was a stocky man, poorly dressed, with a bald head that had once been blond, a severely plain face and soft blue eyes prone to tears over the sad books he read, a young man First seven years bernard malamud old — no one would have guessed thirty.
He went slowly down the stairs but once outside, though it was an icy night and the crisp falling snow whitened the street, he walked with a stronger stride. Often he was tempted to talk to Miriam about the boy, to ask whether she thought she would like his type — he had told her only that he considered Max a nice boy and had suggested he call her — but the one time he tried she snapped at him — justly — how should she know?
It was Sobel who assisted him five years earlier after Feld had a heart attack. As for education, what was it, she asked, but books, which Sobel, who diligently read the classics, would as usual advise her on.
Eventually, he asks Max to go on a date with his daughter, much to the chagrin of his assistant, Sobel. The story itself is set in Miriam sees spiritual qualities in Sobel, but Feld is dismayed because he wants her to do better for herself.
This search for identity and success, of belonging, is laced with the devastating reality of what took place in Europe years earlier and what it now unfolding all around them.the first seven years by bernard malamud Feld, the shoemaker, was annoyed that his helper, Sobel, was so insensitive to his reverie that he wouldn’t for a minute cease his fanatic pounding at the other bench.
In “The First Seven Years” by Bernard Malamud, think about what happens to Feld after Sobel quits. Which is the best summary of what goes wrong in Feld’s - /5(21).
The First Seven Years by Bernard Malamud 21 Jun Dermot Bernard Malamud Cite Post In The First Seven Years by Bernard Malamud we have the theme of desire, love, insecurity, conflict, independence, appearance and change. Bernard Malamud’s short story “The First Seven Years” tells the tale of a humble cobbler, Feld, and his daughter Miriam.
Feld admires a student, Max, because the younger man is pursuing an education, something Feld always wanted for his daughter. Eventually, he asks Max to go on a date with his daughter, much to.
Written in"The First Seven Years" was published in Bernard Malamud's first collection of short stories, The Magic Barrel, in The story is about Feld, a Jewish shoemaker who seeks a suitable husband for his daughter Miriam.
But she is not interested in his choice of Max, a college /5. Within a year, he had published three stories; the third, “The First Seven Years,” was accepted (“to my surprise,” Malamud admitted) by the prestigious Partisan Review, and the trio of stories brought him to the attention of Robert Giroux at Harcourt, Brace and Company, who asked Malamud if he happened to be writing a novel.Download