In Chaim Potok's The Chosen And The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz

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World War 2 was a time of persecution, fighting, and devastation. The Holocaust and World War 2 have lasting effects to the world that no one will ever forget. Chaim Potok’s novel The Chosen and the true story The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz told by Denis Avey both depict the events of World War 2, but in very different ways. In The Chosen, Reuven Malter and hasid Danny Saunders become unlikely friends through an accident in a huge baseball game. Danny hits Reuven in the eye while batting in baseball and sends him to the hospital, so Danny visits him and they eventually start building a major companionship. Mostly through studying their religion of Judaism, they become inseparable friends. The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz shows the life …show more content…

Potok is able to simplify things but still give plenty of detail at the same time. The Chosen not only has a superior narrative structure, but the novel is much easier to relate to. The Chosen is much easier to make connections to and relates to most readers a lot more. The main characters Reuven and Danny meet through an accident in a baseball game. Danny was part of the Hasidic team, and Reuven's team thought very negatively of them. Danny and his companions seemed to be playing to please God. So, when Reuven was pitching, Danny hit a line drive square into Reuven's left eye. Although arch nemeses after this event, Danny visits Reuven in the hospital many times and they talk for hours on end. Soon, they become inseparable friends for life and do everything together. So even during a time of war, good things can happen. Their ages are also an easy thing to connect to since they are teenagers. The reader learns later in the novel that Reuven and Danny are both fifteen years of age when they meet, and their birthday’s are two days apart. When they are walking to Danny’s residence, Danny says “I’m going on 16,” to which Reuven replies “So am I” (Potok 120). Then Reuven writes later, “We had discovered that we had been born in the same year, two days apart” (Potok 120).

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