Essay on The Chosen

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Literary Analysis

The Chosen, by Chaim Potok, is a story about two Jewish boys who lived only five blocks from each other, but they never knew about one another until a certain baseball game. It was that baseball game that brought two different personalities together to form a lasting friendship, and that frienship would experience both ups and downs. Although both Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders were of the Jewish religion, both were raised very differently because of the influence of their fathers. David Malter and Reb Saunders approached raising a child, their Jewish faith, and the world in general from two very different perspectives. Despite the profound differences, both men tried very hard to do what they thought was right
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[Do] you remember what the Talmud says? If a person comes to apologize for having hurt you, you must listen and forgive him." (pg. 63) It was by this early experience and many more to come that Reuven's dad taught him an important doctrine of the Jewish Faith, and that is to forgive those who seek forgiveness.

As the story evolves, Danny and Reuven become very good friends which is a highlight for Danny since he has never really had a friend before Reuven. Danny has lived a very lonely life. He has not had any friends because he feels that no understands him. Reuven's father realizes Danny's loneliness, and he gives Reuven some fatherly advice. He comments, "Reb Saunders' son is a terribly torn and lonely boy. There is literally no one in the world he can talk to. He needs a friend." (pg. 110) David Malter continues by saying, "The accident with the baseball has bound him to you and he has already sensed in you someone he can talk to without fear. I am very proud of you for that." (pg. 110) Reuven's father expresses his confidence to his son very openly which is an important aspect in comparing with Danny and his father's relationship. As the friendship blossoms, Danny and Reuven talk freely about their feelings towards one another, and we learn why Danny has been so lonely and torn for most of his life.

Danny Saunders' father is the Tzaddik, the religious leader of

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