The Sisters Rosensweig Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What are Sara's relationships like as seen in Act 1, Scene 1?

Sara seems to have a contentious relationship with the people in her life. She is critical of her sister's career, and she is critical of her daughter. She even goes so far as to complain about her daughter to Pfeni.

2. What is indicated about Tess's political views in Act 1, Scene 1?

Tess appears interested in revolutionary politics concerning Eastern Europe's freedom. She has a boyfriend interested in the same sorts of politics. She also denounces Nick as a "capitalist."

3. What is represented by Sara's rejection of the statue of Shiva?

Shiva represents renewal. When Sara rejects the statue, she seems to be rejecting the idea of change and growth. She says she is too old, as if she has given up on parts of life.

4. Sara says Pfeni sounds very "New York." What does she mean by that?

Sara appears to be rejecting her past. She is not interested in reminiscing about the past the way her sister does. Whereas Pfeni seems to fondly recall New York, Sara says she "romanticizes" those days.

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