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The Chosen - Malters Development One of the most emotional scenes from Chaim Potoks The Chosen is when Reuven goes with Danny Saunders to talk to his father Danny has a great mind and wants to use it to study psychology not become a Hasidic tzaddik The two go into Reb Saunders study to explain to him what is going to happen and before Danny can bring it up his father does Reb Saunders explains to the two friends that he already known that Reuven is going to go for his smicha and Danny who is in line to become the next tzaddik of his people will not This relates to the motif of Individuality and the theme of Dannys choice of going with the family dynasty or to what his heart leads him The most developing character from the novel is Reuven Malter One of the ways that he developes in the novel is in hus understanding of friendship His friendship with Dfanny Saunders is encouraged by his father but he is wary of it at first because Danny is a Hasid and regards regular Orthodox Jews as apikorsim because of the teachings of his father Reuven goes from not being able to have a civil conversation with Danny to becoming his best friend with whom he spens all of his free time studies Talmud and goes to college Reuven truly grows because he leans as his father says what it is to be a friend Another way that Reuven grows is that he learns to appreciate different people and their ideas He starts out hating Hasidim because its the pious thing to
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