Everything is Dark and Unknowable It starts with a baseball game, a flying baseball and a nearly blinded eye. That is how The Chosen by Chaim Potok starts. Throughout his wonderful book there are many themes that are tied through the book, Religion, Friendship, but most important of all is the theme of the eye. From literally seeing to the figurative eye, Potok ties the eye wonderfully throughout the entire book, making it a wonderful book to read from young to old.
I would recommend it to anyone from the ages of 12 and above who is interested in learning about the holocaust. It was a very informational book and the main character, Misha, could relate to what the actual people went through during the holocaust. For example, many people tried to hide but everyone was eventually found and brought to the Ghettos like Misha. To me, this book was an 8 out of 10. I rated it this because it was very interesting and I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next.
Abraham Lincoln said, “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” A person’s character defines them. In Chaim Potok’s book The Chosen, the reader gains an understanding of the character qualities of Reuven Malter. Reuven proves himself a kindhearted young man through his behavior towards Danny Saunders as well as many others. Throughout the book, Reuven displays forgiveness, intelligence, and determination through adversity.
The journey I was taken on while reading the novel had a beneficial effect on myself, expressed significance to the world about a common topic and showed how the main character gradually changed throughout the story. I felt
How could a person be so cruel to dozens of Jews and watch them die slowly? The Nazi soldiers had no mercy for the Jews even if they did nothing wrong to them. Lastly, the amount of suffering at Auschwitz and Buna was hard for me to read about. I couldn’t imagine how it felt to live in the conditions that the Jews had to live for years. Standing
Imagine being alive during the height of racism, the Korean War, and Zionism. That was the life of Chaim Potok, the author of The Chosen. Do you think that would have an impact on your viewpoints and your writing? The simple answer is yes but there is more to it. Chaim Potok uses his past experiences to show influences and conflicts between father and son in The Chosen.
In his novel The Chosen Chaim Potok uses vision as a motif to show the reader that someone’s perception of things can change. In the novel, vision symbolizes the ability to see the world. The importance of perception is shown throughout the book. One of the main examples of this is after Reuven leaves the hospital. He says that “everything looks different”, but he doesn't mean this literally. Reuven found a new appreciation of his health since he could have gone blind. Another example of perception change from the novel is when Reuven realizes Danny isn't how he appeared to be. During the story, Mr. Malter says “Things are always as they seem to be, Reuven?”. He says this because Reuven told him that it seemed like Danny hit him deliberately.
How The Chosen focuses on silence By Beni Halmos In 1967, the American Jewish writer and Rabbi Chaim Potok released his book, named The Chosen. It is a book set over a course of 6 years in Brooklyn in the 1940’s, and is about two Jewish boys with different cultural background and their friendship. The two boys, Reuven and Danny, only get to know each other because of an accident during baseball, despite living 5 blocks from each other for the past 15 years of their lives. Throughout the book, the two get a taste of each other’s culture, and their friendship gets tested multiple times due to the tension rising as their culture collides with each other.
Seeing Through Another’s Eyes In Chaim Potok’s book, The Chosen, blindness is a reoccurring theme throughout the book. The first example of blindness is Danny and Reuven live within five blocks from each other for fifteen years and have no idea that the other person exists. Because the boys have such a different culture, they live in their own world and are blind to each other.
The horrendous acts committed during World War II still haunt people today. A lot of people did not realize the extent of the brutality that took place in concentration camps across the country until this film was released. The entire film is filled with 195 minutes of pure gut ranching brutal acts committed by Nazi armed men. The entire film is filled with true acts of violence showing the entire process of when a Jewish member of the community
This story really points out the dehumanization of the Jews and how this should have never happened. When they were getting taken to the ghetto they had no idea what was happening to them. After they grew closer to the camps, everyone knew this was not what they had thought was going to happen. Once this all became more clear to them they realized that people really had to fight for their lives or they had no chance of living. Dehumanization took place once they got on the trail to the ghetto and the long trip through this awful time had
Prior to World War 2 Jewish people were the main family or culture that the Nazi’s been feeding off of and killing approximately 6,000 each day. Which led to 6.5 million Jews dead at the end of the war and a few survivors. Although one of these few survivors was Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank, Diarist of one of the most famous diaries, “The Diary of Anne Frank.” World War 2 was a devastating event that changed how Jews lived because because they were said to be “Divergent.” How I felt about the events covered in the Diary of Anne Frank was dramatically depressing.
Although I did get confused while reading the book a few times, I think most individuals would enjoy it. I read this book all in one day, as it was a type of book that is super hard to stop reading after you start it. I wouldn’t recommend starting this book, if the reader doesn’t have time to read a majority of the book in one sitting. I believe a busy person would get too confused and lost in the book, since they wouldn’t have time to sit down and read the whole book. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone under the age of fourteen, as it can be very sad at times.
In conclusion, The religions, Christianity and Judaism have never really gotten along very well and there were tensions that would lead to problems in the future. Jewish people were lower on the Social Class than Christians, Jews were treated differently from the rest of Great Britain, As the war ended though they flourished. PTSD was a big part of WW1, in the beginning they called it ¨shell shock¨ which they thought physically damaged the soldiers when the bombs were dropped. My book, The Invisible Wall is historically accurate being in which my evidence to support that Bernstein was correct in the categories of social class social tensions and PTSD. Arriving at the idea that This book is trustable and