Danny And Reuven In The Chosen By Chaim Potok

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The Chosen The Chosen is a novel by Chaim Potok that explores the friendship of two Jewish boys, one Orthodox, one Hasidic, who must overcome their different beliefs and make the journey from adolescence to adulthood. There are many interesting qualities to the novel that keep wondering what the final outcome will be for the two boys. One interesting topic is how relatable many of the characters are to my own life especially Reuven in relation to myself. Another topic worth discussing is the plot of the novel, which is quite unlike the plot of any other novel I’ve read. Finally, each character seems to have a foil character as well. The first part of the novel that I find interesting is how much the character Reuven is like myself. He has …show more content…

The two most noticeable and important opposite pairs are Reuven and Danny and their fathers Reb Saunders and Mr. Malter. These character foils are an important element to the story by helping to teach the virtue of tolerance to it’s readers. Danny and Reuven are almost complete opposites, Danny is a Hasid and Reuven is a Traditional Orthodox Jew this difference alone should prevent the boys from even conversing but it doesn’t. Somehow Danny and Reuven manage to overcome their differences and gain respect for the other’s beliefs. Mr. Malter and Reb Saunders differ greatly in their parenting styles. Mr. Malters approach is loving and caring, he is always their for his son to talk to about anything that troubles him. He also gives Reuven valuable advice and encourages him in his goal to become a rabbi. Red Saunders has a rather extreme parenting style. He has made the decision to raise Danny in silence. He only speaks to his son about religion and nothing else. He is strict and has a cold demeanor although he does care for his son deeply he masks his emotions. These opposites show that there are two sides to every story and teach that tolerance is

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