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Unformatted text preview: The conflict between Danny's desire for secular knowledge and his desire to follow his Jewish faith is one of the main themes in The Chosen . Danny is being groomed to succeed his father, Reb Saunders, as the leader, or tzaddik, of a group of Hasidic Jews. But Danny does not want to follow this path an intellectual person with a brilliant mind, he wants to be a psychologist. This conflict causes him much sadness; he is described throughout the novel as "weary" and "like a bird in pain," and he refers to himself as "trapped." As a Hasidic Jew, he is forced to live in a world that inhibits him. Because Danny finds studying only the sacred text of the Talmud, a principal activity of ultra- Orthodox Jewish males, too limiting, he secretly goes to a public library to read classical Western literature, as well as books about psychology and Jewish history, which is forbidden by the tenets of...
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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