Essay about Analysis Of Chaim Potok 's The Chosen

2470 Words May 8th, 2016 10 Pages
Is it necessary to know the author in order to fully understand his/her story? The question is answered through the example of Chaim Potok’s life. The Chosen is one of Potok’s most famous works, for both its eloquent writing and its addressing of pressing issues for Jewish people. Chaim Potok, in his novel, The Chosen, alludes to aspects of his own childhood, education, and career to reveal and further characterize both Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders.
The life of Chaim Potok is one which can be categorized as the typical life of a Hasidic Jew, but with interesting hints of modern culture as well. Chaim Potok was raised in a Hasidic family with similar experiences as a Jewish people. Chaim Potok, the son of two refugees, grew up in the Bronx with a Hasidic family devoted to their faith to an extent in which he eventually became a rabbi (Bloom). Placing religion as a high priority led to his rabbinical ordination, and so did his desire for education. Not only did Potok’s family’s religion affect his maturing, but so did certain events in the time period. Chaim Potok grew up in an impoverished area, felt his creativity being held back by Hasidism, and had a strict, Hasidic father. His upbringing ultimately shape his character as an adult.
Born during the Great Depression, Chaim Potok grew up in a poor family. Additionally, The slaughtering of millions of his own ethnicity during the Holocaust contributed to Potok’s turmoil. (Napierkowski). Potok originally created many…

Related Documents