Theme Of Friendship In Chaim Potok's The Chosen

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Helen Keller once wrote, “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” Waking with a friend comforts more, then to walk alone even with light to see. Friends can guide build each other up to pursue their hopes and dreams. Even fictional characters portrayed in books, friends stick together through thick and thin. In Chaim Potok’s historical fiction of The Chosen, his main characters, Danny Saunders and Reuven Malter, had a strong bond of friendship through years of different circumstances. Although the two boys had different Jewish beliefs and traditions, they stuck together, even through Danny’s strictly religious father. For the boys’ years of school, Danny openly told Reuven he wanted to pursue his dream…show more content…
The first time Danny and Reuven met, Danny brutally hit Reuven in the eye in a competitive softball game, and had a significant, unforgettable bond ever since. After forgiveness they became extremely close friend and met in the library to study and talk about their hopes and dreams. With their shared love of knowledge, they study the Talmud and their library books together, they shared their hopes and dreams to each other openly and honestly. “…A psychologist…It helps you understand what a person is really like inside. I’ve read some books on it.” (74). Danny stood vulnerable in beginning of the friendship to share his ideas and career dreams to Reuven. Then after time and effort he loved his college classes, even if he said he disliked his experimental psychology for quite some time. In conclusion, Reuven’s and Danny’s relationship thrived on their honest sincerity towards each other.

Over the course of their college years, many rocky paths hit the boys’ close bond, but they came back as friends in the end. When the two boys had to separate after Danny Saunders’ father rage over the fact Reuven’s father claimed himself against his religious beliefs, Reb Saunders forbid Danny from ever interacting with Reuven again. Danny gave Reuven the silent treatment for almost two years, but after forgiveness for a second time, they reunited as friends once again. “So Danny and I resumed our old habits of
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