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Critique The Chosen In Potoks story The Chosen the author creates a character in which a lonely determined young boy named Danny growing up in Brooklyn at the end of World War II is trying to overcome the battle between his fathers religious world and traditions and the secular world in which he longs to be set free to Because Dannys father Reb Saunders is the rabbi for a great Hasidic dynasty Danny has grown up all his life with a future already chosen for him by the customs of his Jewish familys religion However Dannys dream is not to become a rabbi and for him to accomplish his dreams he had to step out of the religious world and rebel against his fathers plan for him Through these difficult times in Dannys life and conflicts between his father and him we learn that Danny is a very lonely and determined person living trapped between the religious world and the secular world Growing up Danny spent most of his free time alone His father told Danny that as long as Danny studied his quota of Talmud everyday he didnt care what Danny did for the rest of his time Because Danny thought that the Talmud was boring he would rebel against his fathers wishes and spend the rest of his time reading books in the library He would read anything he could get his hands on as long as the librarian said they were worth while At the library Danny sat and talked with the librarian about different books and which ones were good to read and not good to read Many times these books were the kind his father would be very angry about him reading because they were books that his father was against But Danny read them anyways because he loved to read them Danny also became good friends with a boy named Reuven a boy Dannys father believed was sent from
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