The story, “Take Pity” by Bernard Malamund, portrays a realistic picture of a widow, Eva, who wants to live an honourable and independent life which should be free from charity in any form and shape. She is generally the representative of all the women and particularly, the widows.
Eva’s husband, a Polish refugee, worked hard and saved about three thousand dollars. He started a business and established a general store in the slum. His business was a failure and consequently he was declared bankrupt. His friend Rosen, a coffee salesman, suggested him to leave the store but before any decision Axel Kalish, Eva’s husband, died leaving behind a widow and two small daughters, Fega and Su
Rosen, proposed her and said as he was a sick man he would not live long and ultimately she and her daughters would get all his property and money. Axel left behind insurance money of one thousand dollars. Thus, this story shows the social, cultural and economic system of modern age which is based on exploitation. Rosen fabricated another plan and sent her money through post as a repayment of the debt taken from her late husband but she smelled the reality and sent back the money. When Rosen"tms efforts remained fruitless he devised another plan. It was just the hallucination of Rosen as he had a desire to see Eva breaking down before him. He prepared a will through which he gave all his money and property to Eva and her daughters and tried to commit suicide but he was saved. As expected, again general store was a failure and she lost all her wealth. He, even, offered her his own house just out of sympathy. She did not want to take charity in any form but wanted to live an independent and an honourable life. Eva plainly rejected all the offers and invested one thousand dollars in her "General Store", which was, according to Rosen, nothing but a grave-yard. Rosen suggested Eva to take one thousand dollars and left the place. Eva is the mouth piece of Bernard Malamund and through her the writer has conveyed us a message that we should not live on charity under any circumstances whatsoever, instead we should try to live a life based on moral values and we must not throw away our self respect.