Chaim Potok

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  • Character Analysis: The Chosen By Chaim Potok

    made what to do. Facing the hard times of the 1940s, Jewish people faced what to do about Palatine, and all the fighting going on all around them. In the book The Chosen, written by Chaim Potok, Chaim displays what good, solid, wisdom looks like in each unique character that he created. One caring man, David Malter, used his wisdom from the Talmud to teach high schoolers how to think logically, and was a wonderful guide for people who were seeking wisdom. Mr. Galanter, a gym teacher, also uncovered his pounding wisdom through teaching boys how to play baseball with a clever head. Fixing people’s outward burdens, Dr. Syndman treated his patients with care and wisdom when they came to him. These three men, David Malter, Mr. Galanter, and Dr. Snydman revealed their underlying wisdom when decisions had to be made, but made them with much thought and wisdom. Leading youth in everyday, Jewish struggles, David Malter would guide many students with family struggles, and hard decisions that had to be made. David, also realizing that the older generations were…

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  • Paradoxical Themes In The Chosen, By Chaim Potok

    The Chosen, the novel by Chaim Potok follows the lives of two Jewish boys, Danny Malter and Reuven Saunders, set in Brooklyn, New York, during the time of World War II. A common paradoxical theme found in this novel is that through one’s loss there is also one’s gain. A quote from Reuven’s father, David Malter states this paradox perfectly; “No one knows he is fortunate until he becomes unfortunate” (Potok 87). To me this means you don’t realize what you have until it is gone or taken away from…

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  • The Chosen By Chaim Potok: A Literary Analysis

    In a world with countless viewpoints, defining wisdom can pose a challenge. While some wisdom shows truth universally, some wisdom can present itself as a problem of subjectivity. In the book The Chosen by Chaim Potok, the author uses this theme of wisdom to influence the protagonists of the story from the wisdom of two fathers. These fathers, however, differ in many key areas such as wisdom for life generally, wisdom in raising children, and wisdom for the world fraught with persecution of the…

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  • Analysis: The Chosen By Sarah Dessen

    Personal Reaction The Chosen by Chaim Potok inspired me in multiple ways. While it may not share the same place in my heart as other novels and stories, I cannot deny the brilliance in this work. The theme of silence versus conversation really hits me. This mild obsession with silence started a few years ago. Somewhere between the age of eight and twelve I read a book by Sarah Dessen. This book, titled Just Listen, introduced the importance of silence to me with a single quote. “Silence is so…

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  • Summary Of Chaim Potok's The Chosen

    protecting his child. A person can show this sentiment in many forms. Some are very lenient in their protection. Others are very strict, but both are trying to achieve the same goal, keeping their lineage safe. The Chosen written by Chaim Potok parallels the real world in that love is the backbone of this desire for parental protection. As a result of all the emotion put into safeguarding their children, many parents wind up controlling their child's life, and the children never see the…

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  • Chaim Potok Essay

    The Author of Choice: Chaim Potok Throughout the history of English literature, authors have changed how readers see literature. Some of these authors have become America’s best including the author Chaim Potok. Potok’s story The Chosen has affected many readers and can be considered one of the better stories in American literature. By looking at Chaim Potok’s life, people’s opinion of his book, and how people’s lives were changed, Americans can understand why he is one of their better authors.…

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  • Essay On Family And Faith In Chaim Potok's The Chosen

    The conflict with family and faith is big and important. Having conflict with your family can really ruin a family and break it apart. Having conflict with faith leaves you confused and lost. In two of Chaim Potok’s novels, The Chosen and The Promise we see both conflict in family and in faith In The Chosen by Chaim Potok there is a lot of conflict with family and faith. To start off with Reuven and Danny become good friends after Danny nearly blinds Reuven during their intense softball game.…

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  • The Differences Of Parentism In Chaim Potok's The Chosen

    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’…

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  • Voicing God's Short Story

    rise up, look whatever “the man” is in your life: a parent, teacher, coworker, or even you own self, and to say “I will not stoop to your level”. As Christians we are often face with the option to operate on a petty level, but we are called to courageously rise up, rise above, and eclipse the diminutive. Rise Up – Rise Above: the Literature Throughout this FYS semester, we have been introduced to various characters who have deliberately chosen to surpass the paltry motivations of their peers.…

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  • The Chosen By Chaim Potok: An Analysis

    Chaim Potok was a great writer who used wrote The Chosen to show how some grew up in a place while historical events from World War II were occurring at the time. The novel revolves around two fifteen year old boys by the names of Reuven and Danny, they grew up in the street of Williamsburg, New York at the time World War II was coming to an end. In The Chosen, Chaim Potok showed some aspects of the having a friendship although you may have different opinions in some occasions and how it…

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