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Why do you think Mrs. Fuller asked if Tanya was Jewish?

Created: 02/18/16

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Babsg

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Why do you think Mrs. Fuller asked if Tanya was Jewish?


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JLPen77

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RE: Why do you think Mrs. Fuller asked if Tanya was Jewish?

History detail, and a nice one to include not just for versimilitude, but for making a subtle point about the layers of social convention and bias that this novel reveals. Many Russians in Paris in that era (and in the art world) were Jews, who were subject to a lot of discrimination and persecution in Russia at the time. And of course bigotry existed everywhere, as it still does.


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katherinep

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RE: Why do you think Mrs. Fuller asked if Tanya was Jewish?

I forgot that she did.


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dorothyl

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RE: Why do you think Mrs. Fuller asked if Tanya was Jewish?

I noticed that and as I recall it had to do in a monetary connection and I believe it was anti-semitic and showed stereotyping.


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Navy Mom

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RE: Why do you think Mrs. Fuller asked if Tanya was Jewish?

I thought it had to do with a connection to the diamonds.


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bettyt

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RE: Why do you think Mrs. Fuller asked if Tanya was Jewish?

It was an anti-Semitic comment. If you recall, Mrs. Fuller was Rose's aunt. At the funeral Tanya offered to buy Rose's paintings sight unseen. Mrs. Fuller seemed think that Tanya might be taking advantage of her and asked if she was Jewish. There are still people in the world today who think all Jews are wealthy, control the financial institutions, and will always try to cheat you in financial matters.


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elise

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RE: Why do you think Mrs. Fuller asked if Tanya was Jewish?

I didn't take much notice of that comment.


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karenrn

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RE: Why do you think Mrs. Fuller asked if Tanya was Jewish?

I agree with bettyt it was a anti jewish remark. Back in this time period it was considered more acceptable to let prejudice show. I think today people still have bias but they hide it more.


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