Literacy Narrative “Nothing is said of the silence that comes to separate the boy from his parents” (Rodriguez 69”). Silence. Silence is powerful. Silence, in a dramatic movie to make someone sit on the edge of their seat wondering what is about to happen. Silence, at a funeral of a loved one to grieve for the loss.
The minor characters in The Chosen are Mr. Savo, Billy, and Mickey, and each play an important role in helping Reuven’s perspectives transform. Mr. Savo is a middle-aged man who was a boxer. He suffered an injury to his eye in a match and ended up in the hospital, evidentially having his eye surgically removed. His conversations with Reuven make him feel more secure in his faith saying he “always likes kids that hold onto their religion”, showing Reuven he can wear his skullcap and pray without feeling judged. Mr. Savo tells stories to Reuven about boxing and his manager who lost faith in him.
Silence symbolizes dread, apathy, and incapability. Wiesel cannot understand how the world can remain silent as the Nazis committing atrocities on the Jews. It also symbolizes the silence of the subjugated and oppressed. Eliezer, for example, stands silent when his father is beaten, unable to help him. The whole town of Sighet remains silent to the pleas of Moshe the Beadle, who warns the town of what is coming.
The Importance of Silence The Chosen is one of the famous works of Chaim Potok’s numerous books. It was published in 1967, and it portrays the cultures and norms of two Jewish sects: the Modern Orthodox and the Hasidic. The story takes place during the Great Depression, a period when Jewish tradition was threatened to become extinct all together.
Silence is known as the lack of sound: the lack of words. It is also a well known fact that words can be dangerous, as people can spread false rumors and hate speech. However, silence, though it is a lack of words, can prove to be even more dangerous than the words of hate themselves. Reason being, though the silence can not be used to spread the hate, it does not do anything to prevent or stop the hate from happening. One of the best examples of the danger of silence is the Holocaust.
Over the course of Under the Net, Iris Murdoch draw an important emphasis on silence and how it related to truth. Iris Murdoch does this by showing the character development of Jake. Jake is a character who seems to be wandering around from the homes of his friends with no real goals other than trying to find a place to stay. Over the course of the book Jake is able to come to the realization about what life is really about and start to get his life together. To Jake silence and truth go hand in hand and the lines between the two easily become blurred.
“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” This quotation from Helen Keller clearly clarified the relationship between two teenagers living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. While one teen lives in darkness and loneliness, another youth accompanies him by bringing radiance and hope. As painful situations happen frequently in one’s life, that person’s companion assists him through both their outer and inner trials. In The Chosen, Chaim Potok uses the protagonist to demonstrate the necessities of genuine companionship.
Efraim Ginsberg 2/2 The Chosen Essay In the realistic fiction novel The Chosen, by Chaim Potok, two boys make their transition into adulthood. In the beginning of the novel, Reuven, a Modern Orthodox Jew and Danny, a Chasidic Jew barely know each other, but start to after Danny hits Reuven with a baseball. After this, Reuven makes friends with Danny and they spend much time together.
“I don’t ever want to be trapped the way he’s trapped. I want to be able to breathe, to think what I want to think, to say the things I want to say.” Danny Saunders, a main character from the book The Chosen by Chaim Potok, craved freedom to live his life the way he desired. As the son on Reb Saunders, a Jewish Rabbi, tradition and order dominated Danny’s life. However, Danny never allowed this to stop him.
The Lie- Thematic Essay In most of our lives we have encountered someone who believes that they’re entitled to everything because of their reputation or wealth. There’s times when kids are snobby to others because they have better clothes, a bigger house, more money, or even because they’re ‘popular’ and the other kid isn’t. In the story The Lie by Kurt Vonnegut Jr, there’s multiple times when Eli’s parents believe that because they are Remezel’s, Eli deserves different things than what the other students would receive at the Whitehill Academy for Boys. This story proves to us that you shouldn't act like you are entitled everything and you won't always get your way because of wealth and reputation because when you do you start to take everything