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The Chosen A Plot Summary The Chosen by Chaim Potok is set in the 1940s 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 or his study of the Talmud When Reuven gets out of the hospital Danny brings him to his home for Shabbat and to meet his father Reuven is overwhelmed by his fathers calm and stern manner of speaking to his son Reuven finds out that Danny must become a rabbi and cannot become a psychologist like he wants Reuven and Danny grow older and they get into the same college Due to Reuvens father support for the creation of a Jewish state Dannys father who thinks a Jewish state can only be created when the Messiah comes forbids Danny to speak to Reuven This goes on for a while before Dannys 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 Dannys father finally acknowledges Dannys dream and allows him to pursue a career of being a psychologist BThematic 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 mens development They grow up in different environments and have different
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