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Author:  Apples2for10 [ Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:40 am ]
Post subject:  The Rich/Poor Dynamic

It seems like Tevye and Golde switch back and forth a lot during the show as to whether they would rather stay poor or be rich. Obviously, "If I Were A Rich Man" is all about Tevye wishing he were rich and Golde is forever harping on the fact that Perchik is poor and therefore unworthy to marry Hodel. But underneath it all they both seem quite content being a family, which means it doesn't matter if they're rich or poor. Definitely some mixed messages all throughout the show. What do you all think Tevye and Golde really want out of life?

Author:  Salome [ Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: The Rich/Poor Dynamic

Golde and Tevye arent vain enough to wantlarge wealth..but they want their daughters to marry wealthy so they are provided for.

Author:  Apples2for10 [ Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: The Rich/Poor Dynamic

Salome wrote:
Golde and Tevye arent vain enough to wantlarge wealth..but they want their daughters to marry wealthy so they are provided for.


That certainly explains their concerns about Perchik, but there's still the problem of "If I Were A Rich Man" which is a five minute song about nothing but vanity.

Author:  Salome [ Fri Aug 17, 2012 1:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: The Rich/Poor Dynamic

its not vanity. a 'small fortune". what does he say he'd do with his money.. spend it on his wife, a big house, yes..but what would be his most cherished part of being rich/ getting to pray and talk scripture with the holy men.

Author:  Mark Walton [ Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: The Rich/Poor Dynamic

Apples2for10 wrote:
Salome wrote:
Golde and Tevye arent vain enough to wantlarge wealth..but they want their daughters to marry wealthy so they are provided for.


That certainly explains their concerns about Perchik, but there's still the problem of "If I Were A Rich Man" which is a five minute song about nothing but vanity.

At first Tevye was concerned about Motel's poverty, but Motel's other traits overcame that reluctance. In time Tevye and Motel became very close.

Author:  ActingDude17 [ Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: The Rich/Poor Dynamic

Salome wrote:
its not vanity. a 'small fortune". what does he say he'd do with his money.. spend it on his wife, a big house, yes..but what would be his most cherished part of being rich/ getting to pray and talk scripture with the holy men.


Exactly. Also, "rich" to Tevye might be middle class to an aristocrat.

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