Chaim Potok Essays

  • The Chosen by Chaim Potok

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    between two people who come from completely distinct worlds, Chaim Potok was able to instigate and investigate a profound and deeply moving story of true friendship and the importance of father-son interconnection through self-realization in the work of The Chosen by explicitly introducing a series of challenges that question the morality and judgment of each protagonist. Through his masterpiece and by inserting complex situations, Chaim Potok took to his benefit to display the comparison between his

  • Analysis: The Chosen By Chaim Potok

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    In his novel The Chosen, Chaim Potok writes about a boy, Reuven Malter, from Brooklyn who is going through his coming-of-age period and experiences as a Jewish student. Throughout The Chosen, themes of friendships, reaching maturity, and understanding unravel and seep into Reuven Malter’s life. In this period of maturing, some pivotal moments occur, changing Reuven’s view of others and understanding of relationships. In the first couple chapters, Reuven was doing so well with baseball and fit in

  • The Paradox Of Vision In The Chosen By Chaim Potok

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    In The Chosen by Chaim Potok, vision is a metaphor for perceptive growth. During Book One, Reuven is naïve, and he fails to see through the eyes of others. However, after he meets Danny, the two boys progress into Book Two with more empathetic and mature eyes. In Book Three, at the end of the novel, the two boys – now young men – have grown perceptively to see and understand the paradox of the significance and insignificance of their existences. In Book One, Reuven has the perception of a young and

  • The American Dream in The Chosen by Chaim Potok

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    with an injury that nearly costs him an eye. The near loss of the boy’s eye creates a bond between the boys which develops into a deep and lasting friendship. Both boys, Reuven and Danny, are the sons of European immigrants. In The Chosen, by Chaim Potok, the boys feel the pull of the “American Dream” with its promise of boundless opportunity and freedom of choice—something quite alien to their European forebears. The boys instinctively sense this opportunity, and as they grow up, each develops

  • The Promise by Chaim Potok

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    The Promise by Chaim Potok 1.In 10-12 sentences, write a brief outline of the plot of the novel. Be sure to make clear the major conflict of the story. 1.In the beginning of the novel, the main character, Reuben, is spending some time with his father at their cottage. His friend, Rachel is also vacationing nearby. Reuben finds out that Rachel's 14 year old cousin, Michael, is mentally ill, and Reuben seems to be the only person Michael will talk to. Near the end of the summer, Reuben's

  • My Life Paragonned to the Women in the Asher Lev Books by Chaim Potok

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    “Asher Lev, an artist is a person first. He is an individual. If there is no person, there is no artist” (Chaim Potok). An individual with different characteristics has a different mindset, attitude, confidence and respect from those around them. In Asher Lev by Chaim Potok, Asher is a Ladover Hasid who grows up in a Hasidic community, who is deeply committed to his Jewish faith and finds difficulty between the expectations of his traditions and his gift. He is an individual with a broad mindset

  • The Chosen by Chaim Potok, Centered Around Two Jewish Families in WWII

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    The Chosen takes place in Brooklyn, New York in the 1950’s. It was the time where everyone has their radio on all the time, just to keep up with recent news on World War II. It is centered mainly on two boys and their families. Despite both families being devotedly Jewish, they treat their religion in a very different way and end up influencing each other. Reuvan Malter is one of the main characters and he also narrates the book. His dad teaches at the school he goes to, which makes Reuvan very

  • Extremes Collide In My Name Is Asher Lev By Chaim Potok

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    Extremes Collide In My Name Is Asher Lev By Chaim Potok In My Name is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok writes about a young boy in a Landover Hasidic community in Brooklyn who is an excellent artist. Asher travels through childhood hanging onto his art, but when his art interferes with his religious studies, Asher's two worlds of art and Torah collide. Potok deliberately chooses the extreme icons and symbols of secular life, such as the world of art, on the one hand, and of Judaism, Hasidim, and the

  • Comparing Minorities as Portrayed in My Name is Asher Lev, Joy Luck Club, and Black Like Me

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    Conflicting values are a constant issue in society. In diverse civilizations minorities become out ruled by the majority. In Twentieth Century American culture there are many difficulties in existing as a minority. The books My Name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok, and the Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, portray the aspect of being torn between two cultures as a conflict for today's minorities. Black Like Me, by John Howard Griffin, examines the hardships for a minority by progressively revealing them. The events

  • The Chosen, By Chaim Potok

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    Change is good. Our world is changing constantly and we must be able to adapt to this. The main characters in The Chosen by Chaim Potok, Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein and The Man to Send Rainclouds by Leslie Marmon Silko recognize this. Adapting how we live and our traditions is necessary to live in this world, even though tradition is still very important. Tradition is a central theme throughout the entire play of Fiddler on the Roof. It dictates the way the residents of Anatevka live

  • Comparing My Name is Asher Lev, Naked Lunch and Animal Farm

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    Anti-Semitic crack. In fact, the answer is really nothing. Then how would Naked Lunch, Animal Farm, and My Name is Asher Lev make a good comparative research paper? ThereÕs no magic involved really. To solve this perplexity one must think like Chaim Potok who said that "no feeling, no thought, and no sensibility cannot be tapped or explored and revealed" (Abramson 59). By looking deeper into the fibers of history, satire, criticism, and philosophy that are woven into each of these stories, the connection

  • Silence in "The Chosen"

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    Chaim Potok uses many different types of silence in The Chosen. He utilizes many of them to facilitate illustrating the characters’ beliefs and emotions. The silence helps to buoy the imagery and strength of the emotions and assists in adding depth to the moment. Each silence also helps to clarify the messages that pass through the story, making them sharper and additionally refined. Chaim Potok’s use of silence helps to exemplify the utter sorrow and angst of the Anti-Zionist Hasidic League (led

  • Internal Blaze

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    Bombs bursting brilliantly with a fiery passion within oneself. This is a common experience that everyone faces throughout their lives, internal conflict. In The Chosen, by Chaim Potok, Internal conflict is oozed through this paper throughout that is shared with many of the characters that struggle through the persecution and murder of six million Jews in the Holocaust by the Nazis during World War II. One of the characters who fight through internal conflict is Danny Saunders, who is the friend

  • Father Child Relationships in The Chosen, Dead Bodies Everywhere, and Sherwood Anderson's Tandy

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    Father Child Relationships in The Chosen, Dead Bodies Everywhere, and Sherwood Anderson's Tandy The novel The Chosen by Chaim Potok presents an important theme that is mirrored in other works of literature. The Chosen's portrayal of a dysfunctional father-child relationship is present in the song "Dead Bodies Everywhere" by the band Korn and in Sherwood Anderson's short story "Tandy". All three works depicted fathers who attempted to change their children into someone different. The works

  • The Chosen

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    During World War II is when Danny and Reuven first met. Within The Chosen, by Chaim Potok are three quotes. Each quote represents the beginning of a new part to the book. Each part of the book contains a little more of the story of Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders’ friendship. The first quote can be related to Reuven’s obedience towards his father, quote two illustrates the Saunders’ views of silence, and the third quote explains that silence can be used as a way of communication. 4 Quoted at the

  • The Chosen, My name is Asher Lev, In the Beginning, and The Book of Lights

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    question.  One of the world’s oldest religions, it has remained strong over its six thousand year history by remaining distinct – and isolated – from other cultures. Chaim Potok focuses on how Orthodox and Hasidic Jews have handled this problem in his books The Chosen, My name is Asher Lev, In the Beginning, and The Book of Lights. Many of Chaim Potok’s characters want the American Jewry to remain isolated from the mainstream American culture: The world kills us! The world flays our skin from our bodies

  • Zebra

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    In the short story “Zebra” by Chaim Potok, the main character, Adam Zebrin, goes through a series of events which drastically change his life. As Zebra goes through these events, the reader can infer what Zebra’s personality is based on what others in the text say and think about him. In the early stages of Zebra’s life, he loved to run. With his head arched up and the wind blowing against his face, Zebra always enjoyed the feeling. Zebra’s neighbors started to take notice of his passion in running

  • Chaim Potok's The Chosen

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    Chaim Potok's The Chosen In the book The Chosen, by Chaim Potok, Reuven Malter is shaped by everyone around him. During this interaction his character becomes more developed and engaging. Through the interactions, it becomes apparent that Reuven’s father is always teaching his child how to improve himself. The conversations between Reuven and his father help prepare Reuven develop the mentality and the personal qualities, such as wisdom, compassion, and tolerance, necessary to become a rabbi

  • My Name Is Asher Lev

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    Asher Lev Essay: Minor characters are central to our understanding of any text. Analyse their significance in My Name Is Asher Lev. Central to our understanding of “My name is Asher Lev” by Chaim Potok, is the dynamics of Asher’s relationship with different minor characters involved. Each minor character such as Yudel Krinsky, Uncle Yitzchok, the Rebbe, and Jacob Kahn each help Asher in a different way allowing the reader to interpret the text more thoroughly. Their guidance to the antagonist creates

  • Essay On Socs Vs Greasers

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    Who has it rough all over, the socs or the greasers. “All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly strive to avoid is the major building block to the person we are today.” Pope Paul VII believe the Socs don’t have it as rough as the Greasers because the Socs aren't as emotional as the Greasers and don’t care for things as much as them to. I believe if i