Essay on The Chosen, Reuven Malter And Danny Saunders

1628 Words Sep 22nd, 2016 7 Pages
What makes the perfect parent? Countless magazines and websites strive to answer the question but often possess differing opinions on what techniques and parenting styles will foster the ideal child. In Chaim Potok’s novel, The Chosen, Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders grow up in polar opposite households. While both practice Judaism, their separate sects often highlight differences in their respective upbringings. Literature mimics real life and while reading, I found myself comparing the boys’ friendship to that of my closest friend and I. Despite the drastic divergence between time periods and settings, post-World War II New York and modern day Suburbia, Reuven and Danny mirror my best friend, Abby, and I. Though disputes can arise, contrasting parenting styles create a chance for children to learn from each other. Religion lends itself to endless interpretations; it has morphed from group to group. Reb Saunders and David Malter both adopt Judaism, but the Torah seems to be the only link between their feuding factions. The Chosen opens with a heated game of baseball between Reuven and Danny’s teams, slurs shooting over home plate. As the tension escalates, “one of them called out to us in Yiddish, ‘Burn, you apikorsim’” (Potok 25). Danny and his teammates follow Hasidic viewpoints and criticize Reuven and his friends for not, in their opinion, being truly Jewish, as Reuven and his peers lack the earlocks and traditional Hasidic garb. As the boys strike up a friendship,…

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