Unformatted text preview: The first scene in Chapter 17 emphasizes Potok's theme of silence once again. However, silence now becomes more than an absence of language or, as Reuven stressed in the preceding chapter, an equivalent of death, for Danny says that "you can listen to silence and learn from it." Ironically, silence "talks." Here, Danny suggests that silence enables a person to more deeply ponder the suffering of people in the world. By remaining silent, a person can hear other people's cries for help and understanding. A person who talks about problems hears only his or her own words, but a person who is quiet hears the pleadings of others because that person ponders the "pain of the world." Much of Chapter 17 prepares the reader — and Danny — for the climactic confrontation between Danny and his father over Danny's plans to reject his inherited rabbinic position and study to become...
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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.
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