"The Chosen". Essay

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In the novel " The Chosen" of Chaim Potok a lot is happening. Not only in the Jewish neighborhood of Brooklyn, but also in the world: f.e. the death of president Roosevelt, the Jewish holocaust, a Zionist state. And as these events occur, and things change in the world, the characters also develop. The respect between the people in the story grows as the characters understand each other better and better. It is special for a book to have more than one person to develop throughout the story. So perhaps it could be that the characters relate to each other in some way. And perhaps the worldwide events in the story can be connected to the local events in Brooklyn. And so the question is: are there connections between actions, ideas, events and characters in the story, and if present: why are they used?One of the most obvious connections is the one between Reuven and Danny, the main characters of the story. In the beginning of the story they were opposites. They had never met and were living totally different. But during the game they already built up some sort of relation. They became parallel as they both started to hate each other, and both wanted to kill the other. And when Reuven was in hospital, both Danny and Reuven were guided by their fathers to make up again. Another relation is their personalities and mind: they both are very smart and like to learn and both are very loyal to their fathers. In the story Reuven seems to be the chosen to help Danny. But in fact they are helping each other. There is a lot of discussion and exchanging of opinions in the story, which makes them complement one another and so makes them go through a big development throughout the story. Danny lets Reuven see a whole different world of Judaism, a much stricter Jewish world. Danny also learns Reuven how to analyze and understand the Talmud much better. This while Reuven shows Danny his world, full of freedom and own perspective of looking at Judaism. As before Reuven, Danny only knew his own world, and thinks that only the views of his own belief are correct. Reuven shows him that there is more, and this helps Danny to develop as well. This way of complementing each other can certainly looked upon as a connection. Finally there could also be made a connection between their way of choosing their careers, they both don't know what to do making the connection parallel, but also opposite as Reuven is free to choose his career, and Danny having the dilemma of him wanting to be something else than he is expected to be.Reb Saunders and David Malter certainly have connections between each other as well. They raise their sons completely different, making them opposites. David is very open to Reuven, they talk and discuss a lot, and completely let's Reuven choose his one way in life. This all creates a very strong father-son relation. On the other hand is Reb Saunders raising a pupil instead of a son, by not talking to him except when it's about the Talmud. And giving Danny...

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