Literary Techniques

The Slave is a picaresque novel: Jacob is constantly on a journey, moving from one village to another. The author exploits Jacob's...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

Group discussions should include two integral topics: anti-Semitism and fate versus free will. Religion and religious persecution play major...

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Social Concerns

A major social concern in The Slave is the precarious life that Jews led in seventeenth-century Poland. The Jews periodically endure...

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(Masterpieces of American Fiction)

Biletzky, Israel Ch. God, Jew, Satan in the Works of Isaac Bashevis Singer. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1995. This critical work examines Singer’s novels in light of his major themes, including the oppositions between reality and unreality, belief and doubt, past and present, and order and chaos.

Farrell, Grace, ed. Critical Essays on Isaac Bashevis Singer. New York: G. K. Hall, 1996. This collection of critical essays from a variety of prominent scholars presents wide-ranging views on Singer’s work. The essays focus on specific novels as well as general themes that run throughout the body of Singer’s work,...

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Literary Precedents

An important literary antecedent is the Bible. Jacob's decision to steal clandestinely his own child may symbolize Jacob's theft of the...

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Related Titles

Jacob resembles Ben Dosa in Singer's King of the Fields (1988; see separate entry); both men are Jews living in a gentile and...

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