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“I'm sick of living like a pig with my nose to the earth, all the time only pinching and scraping for bread and rent. So long my Aby is with America, I want to make myself for an American. I could tear the stars out from heaven for my Aby's wish."
Her sunken cheeks were flushed and her eyes glowed with light as she gazed about her.
"When I see myself around the house how I fixed it up with my own hands, I forget I'm only a nobody. It makes me feel I'm also a person like Mrs. Preston. It lifts me with high thoughts."
"Why did n't you marry yourself to a millionaire? You always want to make yourself like Mrs. Preston who got millions laying in the bank."
"But Mrs. Preston does make me feel that I'm alike with her," returned Hanneh Hayyeh, proudly. "Don't she talk herself out to me like I was her friend? Mrs. Preston says this war is to give everybody a chance to lift up his head like a person. It is to bring together the people on top who got everything and the people on the bottom who got nothing. She's been telling me about a new word – democracy. It got me on fire. Democracy means that everybody in America is going to be with everybody alike." (pg. 1254)
This short story was written in modernist from and seems to represent the hardships of daily life that seemed to overtake immigrants in the urban United States in the late 30’s and 40’s during the Great Depression and WWII. Her son is to arrive soon back home after two tours of duty in France with the Army. Hanneh wants a grand room awaiting her son when he comes home from war. This passage seems to state what was on the lips of most poor in this era, which was nearly 50 % of the total population.
I believe the theme is the concept of the individual vs. society. The individual being Hanneh and society seems to be represented by Ms. Preston.
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