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One of the most emotional scenes from Chaim Potoks The Chosen is whenReuven goes with Danny Saunders to talk to his father Danny has a greatmind and wants to use it to study psychology not become a Hasidictzaddik The two go into Reb Saunders study to explain to him what isgoing to happen and before Danny can bring it up his father does RebSaunders explains to the two friends that he already known that Reuvenis going to go for his smicha and Danny who is in line to become thenext tzaddik of his people will not This relates to the motif ofIndividuality and the theme of Dannys choice of going with thefamily dynasty or to what his heart leads him The most developing character from the novel is Reuven Malter One ofthe ways that he developes in the novel is in hus understanding offriendship His friendship with Dfanny Saunders is encouraged by hisfather but he is wary of it at first because Danny is a Hasid andregards regular Orthodox Jews as apikorsim because of the teachings ofhis father Reuven goes from not being able to have a civil conversationwith Danny to becoming his best friend with whom he spens all of hisfree time studies Talmud and goes to college Reuven truly growsbecause he leans as his father says what it is to be a friend Anotherway that Reuven grows is that he learns to appreciate different peopleand their ideas He starts out hating Hasidim because its the piousthing to do even though his father who I see as the Atticus Finch ofthis novel keeps telling him that its okay to disagree with ideas buthating a person because of them is intolerable Through his friendshipwith Danny studies with Reb Saunders brief crush on Dannys sisterwho was never given a name and time spent in the Hasidic communityhe learns that Hasids are people too with their own ideas and beliefsthat are as valuable as
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