The Chosen By Chaim Potok: A Literary Analysis

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What separates a good book from a bad one? Well, the choice lies in the hands of the readers. One can learn about a book from reading other people’s reviews, but the only way of deciding wether the book becomes a forgotten piece of literature lying in a dark corner or a prized and beloved treasure added to a beautiful shelf would be opinion. One book treasured by one could seem as a worthless story by another simply because the same book with the same plot is viewed by people with different opinions. By deciding that one book seems better than another, the person judging does not and should not ignore the value of the other. Looking at two wonderful pieces of literary art, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, and The Chosen, by Chaim Potok with personal opinion, I would come to the conclusion that The Chosen exceeds To Kill a Mockingbird in many ways. The Chosen proves more preferable to me due to it having a more relatable theme, an easy-to-follow storyline, and a better sense of completion. An undeniable fact is, both books have great themes. However, my preference, The Chosen, contains a theme more relatable and important to people today. To Kill a Mockingbird was first written to bring awareness to racial discrimination and support the civil rights movement which was at its height during 1960,…show more content…
However, my opinion on the books places The Chosen over To Kill a Mockingbird due to the relatable theme, easy-to-follow plot, and the sense of completion it offers. Although, there are many aspects of To Kill a Mockingbird that exceed aspects of The Chosen. For example, the theme of racial discrimination in To Kill a Mockingbird, though not as relatable, addresses a much bigger and important message to its original audience. In different eyes, the books could seem very different. After all, the value of books are not decided by the book themselves, but by the readers with their own
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