The First Seven Years

4 April 2015
A critical review of the short story “The First Seven Years,” by Bernard Malamud.

The purpose of this paper is to introduce and discuss the short story “The First Seven Years” by Bernard Malamud. Specifically, it looks at the character of the shoemaker’s daughter, Miriam, and how the plot of the story revolves around her. The other characters in the play are examined in relation to Miriam and the claim that he is really the main character is explored.
Miriam is Feld, the shoemaker’s daughter in the story. She is clearly a disappointment to him, first because she was not a son, and second, because she did not desire a college education, something the shoemaker finds very admirable. Therefore, he tries to set her up with a young man named Max, who is attending college. As for Miriam, what possible harm for a working girl in an office, who met only loudmouthed salesmen and illiterate shipping clerks, to make the acquaintance of a fine scholarly boy. (Malamud).

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