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Values In &Quot;The Chosen&Quot; Essay

778 words - 3 pages

Throughout my reading of the novel, The Chosen, by Chaim Potok, and I definitely did read it, I found three distinct values to be evident. Friendship, individuality and religion were very focused on and even shaped the lives of the two main characters. Each of these values have a big impact on my life not only since I have come to Augustana, but every day since I can remember.

To define friendship is not easy. It is so many things and so many feelings. It is kindness, compassion, honesty, trustworthiness, respect and dependability. It is being there for another person when they need you, whether to listen or to help guide them in the right direction. It is standing beside them when it is their time to shine and also when they have stumbled into the dark. Being a friend also shows a lot about yourself. Sometimes being a friend can put you in a tough situation but proves what a good person you are. Friendship is something everyone needs to live. They need the love, the support and the companionship. Without it, we will always feel alone. A goal of mine in coming to school was to meet some new people that I can add to my list of friends, but also so they can add me to theirs. Throughout our lives we will need friends. Even when we fall in love and embrace ourselves in that companionship, we will still need friends to keep a part of our individuality.

Individuality is another value from the book that I believe plays an important role in everyday life. Both boys in the book wanted to pursue careers different than what their father wanted for them. They both wanted to lead their own lives, to be their own individuals. It is important to know who you are and what you want so you don't get lost in everyone else's expectations, and lose your sense of self. While some people are dieing to be exactly what "everyone else" is, they fail to realize how different "everyone else" really is. Each person has different dreams, aspirations, needs and wants. Every person has their own taste in clothing, food, music, cars,...

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