The First Seven Years Questions and Answers

The First Seven Years

After their second date, Miriam tells her father that Max doesn't interest her and she doesn't want to go on any other dates with him. Max is a young man who's working on getting an education; Feld...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2019 3:25 pm UTC

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Max's initial hesitation suggests that he's a very thoughtful and sensible young man, not the kind of person to leap without looking. It's notable that he doesn't take Feld's description of his...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2019 5:35 am UTC

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The First Seven Years

Bernard Malamud's short story "The First Seven Years," is about a middle-aged Jewish man named Feld who must come to grips with his daughter Miriam's independence. Feld wishes for his daughter to...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2016 3:43 pm UTC

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After Sobel quits, Feld offers to raise his assistant's wages so that he will stay. However, Sobel is not placated by this half-hearted attempt to manipulate him; he prefers to be allowed to court...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2016 1:45 pm UTC

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Feld hopes that Max and Miriam will date and eventually get married. In the story, Feld despairs that Miriam has no desire to further her education. He doesn't approve of his daughter working in an...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2016 9:05 pm UTC

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Although Miriam is respectful to her father and complies with his desire for her to date Max, she has a very independent spirit. For, she shows no concern for the formal education that her father...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2014 6:58 am UTC

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When the narrator points out that Miriam would read Sobel's literary commentaries "page by sanctified page, as if the word of God were inscribed on them," the implication is certainly that Miriam...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2019 2:33 pm UTC

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Sobel is a recognizably human figure in that he's a mixture of both good and bad. But overall one would have to say that he comes across as a sympathetic character. After all, this is a man who...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2018 7:37 am UTC

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As the other educator pointed out, the story does not explicitly reveal whether Sobel will marry Miriam after the seven years are up. However, if we read between the lines, there is every...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2018 3:05 pm UTC

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The overall mood of the story is rather muted and perhaps a little sad. The story depicts the lives of poor Jewish immigrants in mid-twentieth century America, with memories of the Holocaust all...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2013 6:11 pm UTC

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In Bernard Malamud's short story "The First Seven Years," Sobel and Max are rivals for the love of Miriam. Even in this, they are a contrast to one another, since Max has no initial interest in...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2021 5:34 pm UTC

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Malamud is gifted at subtly disclosing layers of psychological and emotional depths and elements that even his characters are not aware of, as Feld says, he "had never so much as thought it...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2015 3:14 am UTC

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Bernard Malamud presents the characters of Max and Miriam as two young adults living in New York City after World War Two. Additional similarities are their national and religious heritage: both...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2019 5:38 pm UTC

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After watching Max trudge to school, Feld decides that Max, in his pursuit of education, is everything a diligent and determined young man should be. Watching Max and thinking about him makes Feld...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2016 5:58 pm UTC

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Feld sees Max as the ideal husband for his daughter, Miriam. He's bright, hard-working, and seems to be going places in life. In particular, Feld is impressed by Max's devotion to study, although...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2019 7:33 am UTC

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In the story, Feld is a disgruntled shoemaker. He feels that he has 'wasted his youth' and regrets not pursuing the kind of higher education that may have saved him from an impoverished existence....

Latest answer posted March 8, 2016 12:43 am UTC

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Bernard Malamud’s short story "The First Seven Years" is about a father, Feld, who wants to ensure a secure future for his daughter, Miriam. To understand Feld’s motivation, it helps to understand...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2018 3:35 pm UTC

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In Bernard Malamud's short story "The First Seven Years," set just after the atrocities suffered under Hitler's regime during World War II, the protagonist Feld proves to be a very practical,...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2015 3:07 am UTC

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Bernard Malamud’s "The First Seven Years" is a short story frequently taught in high school. While most students don’t find it to be particularly exciting, it is a very good character study,...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2015 9:21 pm UTC

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The generation gap, that ever-present generator of trouble in parent-child relationships, rears its head in “The First Seven Years.” The main character in the story, Feld, appreciates the value of...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2021 11:33 am UTC

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Feld the shoemaker thinks—wrongly, as it turns out—that Max would be the ideal husband for his daughter, Miriam. Max is a studious, hard-working young man who gives the impression that he's going...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2018 8:38 am UTC

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In the story, Max is on his way to class as he trudges through the snowdrifts past Feld's shop. Feld admires Max greatly because of Max's commitment to his college education. As the father of a...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2016 10:36 pm UTC

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Feld is impressed with Max because of Max's determination to educate himself. Feld believes that an education is essential for happiness in life, because it provides a better and wealthier life...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2007 10:56 pm UTC

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In my opinion, Miriam Feld is an emotionally strong and independent young woman who isn't afraid to stand up for herself. She can be described as a bit of a bookworm, as she enjoys spending time...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2019 7:06 pm UTC

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In Bernard Malamud’s story, Sobel is portrayed as a conscientious, loyal employee in Feld’s shoemaking and shoe repair shop. During the first five years that he works for Feld, Sobel maintains a...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2021 6:00 am UTC

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