Puttermesser: Her Work History, Her Ancestry, Her Afterlife by Cynthia Ozick

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Puttermesser: Her Work History, Her Ancestry, Her Afterlife by Cynthia Ozick

Analyze the story of Puttermesser: Her Work History, Her Ancestry, Her Afterlife by Cynthia Ozick and show how Ozick unfolds her satirical portrait of Puttermesser? In your opinion, what aspects of American Jewish culture does Ozick critique in the story?

In “Puttermesser: Her Work, Her Ancestry, Her Afterlife” Cynthia Ozick treats some serious themes in American Jewish culture through satire. Ruth Puttermesser’s Jewishness is expressed in her physical appearance, her hyper-awareness of anti-Semitism and her obsession with the Hebrew language and gan-eydn, the afterlife. Ozick signals throughout the narrative that Puttermesser is a comic character.

 

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