The Chosen By Chaim Potok

A. Plot Summary
is set in the 1940's neighborhood of Brooklyn in Williamsburg. Two boys who live a few blocks from each other but in totally different environments forge a unique relationship. Reuven Malter, the son of an Orthodox Jewish scholar, and Danny Saunders, the brilliant son of a great Hasidic rabbi, meet for the first time in a baseball game between their two Jewish parochial schools.

Reuven is hit in the eye with a ball hit by Danny and is kept in bed for almost a month. During this time, Reuven befriends Danny as he constantly visits him due to his guilt about almost blinding Reuven. Danny comes to the hospital to chat with Reuven and occasionally talk about the war ...

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be created when the Messiah comes, forbids Danny to speak to Reuven. This goes on for a while before Danny's father accepts that a Jewish states is in the best interest of Jews everywhere and allows them to be friends again.

In an emotional lecture, Danny's father finally acknowledges Danny's dream and allows him to pursue a career of being a psychologist.

B. Thematic Discussion

In The Chosen, Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders form a deep, if unlikely, friendship. This relationship develops over time and also greatly affects the young men's development. They grow up in different environments and have different upbringings, but deep down inside, they have similar lives.

Potok is able to point out how similar and different Danny and Reuven's lives are. Reuven has a very open relationship with his father. Danny's father only speaks to Danny when they are studying the Talmud. Danny accepts this reality while Reuven is very bothered by this. Reuven has ...

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