Compare the position of Hermia refusing to marry Demetrius and her father’s reaction to that of Tevye when his daughter, Tzeitel, refuses to marry Lazar Wolf in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’.
Fiddler on the Roof is a ‘lavishly produced and critically acclaimed’ musical, illustrating the tale of Tevye, an Orthodox Jewish milkman, and his many daughters, who are raised at the turn-of-the-century and are a representation of a fresh, enlightened world.
Tevye’s love, pride, faith and religious identity assist him in facing the oppression of Tsarist Russia, whilst he, a representation of traditional customs and Judaism, attempts to come to terms with the world of his daughters.
This musical recounts passionately and narrates eloquently the stories of Shalom Aleichem, and beautifully describes the generation, which marks the beginning of a new era and an ideological revolution.
The story unfolds, gradually introducing the viewers to the significance of tradition and the impact of religion, interrupted by a visit by the matchmaker, and her recommendation for a marital partner for the eldest daughter of Tevye, Tzeitel.
Golda, the wife of Tevye, who’s marriage was arranged, and who met Tevye on the day of her wedding, is overflowing with excitement, and organises a meeting involving Tevye and Lazar Wolf. This reflects the patriarchal nature of the society of early twentieth century Tsarist Russia, allowing the father complete influence over his daughter and her marriage.
Lazar Wolf, the elderly widower and wealthy butcher, gains the hand in marriage of Tzeitel in a short and tense meeting with Tevye. A delighted Tevye informs Tzeitel of her upcoming marriage, with a wealthy, and honest hard worker. However, Tzeitel’s passionate dislike of Lazar Wolf, creates a barrier for her tradition, customs and preservation of family lineage. Whilst she acknowledges her father’s right and responsibility of providing a match for her, she begs her father not force her to marry...