Jewishness and Anti-Semitism: Scrutinizing of What It means to be a Jew in Howard Jacobsonâ€™s The Finkler Question
The novel portrays the Jewish struggle in a comprehensive and clear way and deals with the sad fact that most of the Jews today donâ€™t know what the meaning of actually being Jewish is. The Finkler Questionâ€™s answer to a certain extent conveys the Jewish message of positivity, hope and belief in a better future. The vision in which Jews are God-like and non-Jews must inevitably become either God-lovers or God-haters has the functional utility of interpreting anti-Semitism as a twisted form of love. In The Finkler Question, Howard Jacobson has dealt with many significant themes like the Jewish identity, self- hatred of Jews, insecurity of old age, death, friendship, infidelity and the relationship among men as well as between man and woman in a very effective manner, and they give the readers food for thought.