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Released in 1967 The Chosen became a bestseller Author Dr Chaim Potoks knowledge of Jewish culture and his knowledge of philosophy greatly influenced this piece of literature helping him to create a realistic setting with a believable scenario Centered around Brooklyn two teens Reuven Maulters and Danny Saunders become best friends Because of the fact that their fathers are leaders of different Jewish beliefs hatred clashed between them when they first met This hatred lead to the injury of Reuven but was the key that opened their long lasting friendship and eventually the key that made it possible for Dannys father to have the courage to talk to Danny The critics agree that all the main characters in this novel were all unique One of these characters is Danny Danny was a person who was very smart a person of his caliber was born once in a few lifetimes In many of the books I have read there is always at least one person who has a superabnormal characteristic Toguchi Mark Reuven is a likable person who is also smart but nowhere close to Danny Reb Saunders Dannys father is inconsistent at many times He had mood swings often but I think this was made intentionally to show how much he is affected by the silent relationship with his son Merkin Daphne Mr Malters Reuvens father is an adult who constantly gives advice and takes charge of all situations To me he seems a little unreal because he is always right and has a solution to everything Toguchi Mark In dialogue I thought Reb Saunders was the most effective person Whenever he talked to people it made the reader want to listen to him Whenever he was furious I was blown away by the intensity Dannys dialogue showed how he wasnt perfect because he responded to some situations negatively Wise Ruth R The theme seemed to be that a good relationship
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