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The Chosen Discussion of Title Throughout our lives we are given choices to make Whether these choices involve the people we will spend our time with how much effort we will put into our work or even the places well choose to go they are for the most part up to each individual In The Chosen by Chaim Potok these kinds of choices are not up to each person but rather up to the father of a very strict family of Jews After Reuven Malter returned home from the hospital Danny came to visit and apologize for hitting him in the face with a baseball At first the conversation between the two was not very pleasant but changed dramatically when they both discovered each others more admirable qualities When Danny decided that Reuven was the kind of person that he would like to be friends with he first had to consult with his father about the relationship He wants to meet you I told him we were friends He always has to approve of my friends Especially if theyre outside the fold 111 After spending an entire night with Danny and his father Reuven was finally chosen by Reb Saunders as a suitable friend for Danny In a sense the entire process was a selection Danny had no choice in who he could spend his time with but instead relied on his father to decide who was the chosen and who was not Just as Reb Saunders chose Dannys companions he also played a large part in choosing his future college and occupation Danny had been chosen by his father to be his successor as a tzaddik in the Jewish community He was in a sense the Frankenstein of Reb Saunders who was created to follow in the footsteps of his father Similar to Frankenstein though Dannys interests were not that of his creator He wished to thrive on new
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