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Unformatted text preview: Reuven and Danny's conversation in the public library centers around Danny's reading Hasidic history and learning German so that he can study Freud's original writings on psychology. After reading Graetz's History of the Jews , Danny is horrified that Graetz contends that Hasidic Jews are drunkards. Although he knows that Graetz is wrong about this contention, he internalizes the negative picture of Hasidism that Graetz paints in the book. When Reuven counters that Graetz's writing is only one version and therefore not to be trusted completely, Danny ignores Reuven's comment. Reuven narrates about Danny, "I had the feeling he was talking more to himself than to me." Later, when Reuven summarizes his conversation with Danny for his father, Mr. Malter is especially saddened by Danny's choice of subject. "The unconscious and dreams," Mr. Malter contemplates. "And Freud. At the age of fifteen." Here, Mr. Malter is concerned that, although Danny contemplates....
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.
- Fall '11