In the book, The Color of Water, Ruth says that all her father wanted was money and to be American. Did he achieve those goals? well i read the answer about this question but im looking for long...

In the book, The Color of Water, Ruth says that all her father wanted was money and to be American. Did he achieve those goals? 

well i read the answer about this question but im looking for long answer

 

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lschertz | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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The answer is no.

It is easily shown that Ruth's father did not make the money he wanted.  All one must look at is the fact that he constantly moved his family around, because he could not make enough money being a rabbi to support his family.  So, without a doubt, he did not achieve that goal.

I do not believe that he achieved the goal of becoming an American, either.  Yes, he was an immigrant to the United States.  But being an American means something, and typically we think of that something as 'freedom.'  Being an American means freedom, and I do not think Ruth's father achieved any sort of American freedom.  He did not believe others deserved freedom, as shown in his strict adeherence to his religion and his unwillingness to accept his daughter as a Christian or her relationship with a black man.  He did not provide his family any emotional freedom or any physical freedom, as he beat them, belittled them, and worked them to the bone. I believe one cannot be an American without subscribing to the idea of freedom, and Ruth's father did not believe in freedom. So, no he did not achieve either of these goals.

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