BERNARD MALAMUD MAGIC BARREL PDF

Anonymous Text preview of this essay: This page of the essay has words. Download the full version above. As he has been completely absorbed in his studies for six years, which has led to his ignorance in his social life, he decides to turn to a professional matchmaker — Pinye Salzman for help. After consulting with the matchmaker, he grows mature both mentally and physically, knowing what love is after meeting Stella and knowing how to love God. In this short story, Bernard Malamud applied symbolism and bring out the theme through two stages: one, where Leo finds his true love and two, where he redefines his identity.

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Anonymous Text preview of this essay: This page of the essay has words. Download the full version above. As he has been completely absorbed in his studies for six years, which has led to his ignorance in his social life, he decides to turn to a professional matchmaker — Pinye Salzman for help. After consulting with the matchmaker, he grows mature both mentally and physically, knowing what love is after meeting Stella and knowing how to love God. In this short story, Bernard Malamud applied symbolism and bring out the theme through two stages: one, where Leo finds his true love and two, where he redefines his identity.

Therefore, the deeper theme of the story is about the growth of Leo, including love and identity that had been set up in two stages. During the first stage, Lily Hirschorn, who is the first eligible bride, meets Leo. He realizes in a moment of self-revelation that if he does not truly love another person, then he cannot truly love God. It is the first time that he saw himself lacking passion and detached from any spiritual emotion.

Here, Leo gradually realized that Salzman had described a total stranger or some mystical figure to Lily rather than his true self and realized that he wants someone who loves him but not someone who sees him for his position. Leo is in despair after his conversation with Lily because Leo hopes that by becoming a rabbi, he might be able to help himself understand who he is and learn to love the people around him; however, it is the first time that he saw himself to be unloved and loveless.

All of the things he learned about God in school are cold, empty, and theoretical, and he had confined himself in a box only he can step in. His strained relationship with God has left him feeling empty and unloved. As for the second stage, Leo decided to seek a lover in a different way — to seek the woman he truly loves. After his disenchanting meeting with Lily, he discovered a briefcase that Salzman has given to Leo.

He examined the photos with many attractive women, but they all lack certain characteristics that he desires. As Leo attempted to put the photos into the envelope, he found another snapshot of a woman who seems to possess the soul, the depth, the suffering, — and even a certain lack of goodness. Leo knew at that moment that he must find her, to save her from her suffering. This is a big turning point in the whole story because he starts to believe that love should be a by-product of living instead of fulfilling his need.

When Leo finally meets Stella, he can now offer internal peace to both Salzman and himself because he started to learn how to love a person rather than just being dedicated to his study. For Salzman, he prayed for the falling angel, her daughter, because she has found her true love as well. He has finally achieved the attributes of passion and the desire of love that allow him to open his heart and pursue true love itself. One symbol in the story is the final scene where Finkle finally meets Stella face-to-face as she stands under a street lamp, waiting for him.

Malamud describes the scene as if candles and violins revolved in the sky, a wedding symbol of the act of falling in love. Also, in the last scene, Leo approaches Stella who wore a white dress with red shoes that symbolizes the passion and romance that Finkle had towards Stella. In addition, the color white is a symbolism that she is a virgin because we often describe white as purity and innocence.

Another symbolism employed in the story is eyes. Bernard Malamud effectively applied symbolism in his story, which makes readers connect more emotionally to the inner parts of Leo as a character.

Originally, Leo seeks a proper wife to fulfill his work, but after meeting with Lily, Stella, and Salzman, he changed his view on himself and start to open his heart to reach the loved one. About Essay Sauce If you use part of this page in your own work, you need to provide a citation, as follows: Essay Sauce, The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud.

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The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud: Summary & Analysis

A brother, Eugene, born in , lived a hard and lonely life and died in his fifties. Malamud entered adolescence at the start of the Great Depression. He received his B. He was excused from military service in World War II because he was the sole support of his widower father. He first worked for the Bureau of the Census in Washington D. Because he lacked the Ph.

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