The Chosen Essays
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In The Chosen, the setting of each scene contributes to our understanding of the book’s central themes. The baseball field reveals the theme of conflict between two opposing forces, the hospital brings about different perceptions of the world, the library represents the characters’ expanding minds, and so on. The combination of settings and the sub-themes that develop within them help develop the book’s central theme – conflict between the secular and theological. The central theme of The Chosen is apparent...
These words from the headstone of a Jewish holocaust victim perfectly define Chaim Potok’s use of light as a symbol of knowledge and truth in a world of tradition. Potok uses Reuven’s observations of light to give the reader clues of Danny’s awakenings to the truth and knowledge of the outside world in The Chosen. Danny’s surroundings particularly show the lack of acceptance toward society and the feelings of his family, friends and himself toward the outside world. Light also...
Key Facts about: Full Title: The Chosen Author: Chaim Potok When Written: from 1960 to 1967 in Philadelphia, Israel, and Brooklyn Where Written: The United States of America When Published: in 1967 Genre: a coming-of-age novel Setting, time, and place: June 1944, Williamsburg, a part of Brooklyn. Point of View: The story is told from Reuven Malter’s point of view Title (in italics) + explanation in keywords (about 20-30 words). The Chosen: Jews; chosen by God; Danny; is chosen to...
In Chaim Potok’s The Chosen, a quote by psychologist Karl Menninger appears in the dedication. It goes, “When a trout rising to a fly gets hooked and finds himself unable to swim about freely, he begins a fight which results in struggles and splashes and sometimes an escape… It is hard for a free fish to understand what is happening to a hooked one.” In terms of Potok’s novel, Menninger’s words hold substantial significance. Not only can Danny — with...