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Asher, at a young age, on walks to several places, like the park. At these places Asher is able to draw different images, helping him find a hobby that he loves and that will later become his life. Another place his mother takes him to is the art museum. There they speak and learn about art, which Asher is later influenced by the paintings that are on display in that museum, and he often copies famous paintings. Another example, his mother is constantly asking Asher questions about his art, showing signs of interest. For instance, when she is ill and does not speak to her as often as she once did, she asks, “Asher?... Asher, are you drawing pretty things? Are you drawing sweet, pretty things? ...You should make the world pretty, Asher. Make it sweet and pretty. It’s nice to live in a pretty world” (Potok, p.17-18). By speaking to Asher about art when she is so sick and has other things on her mind shows him that she enjoys his art and that it is important. Although his mother takes pleasure from happiness Asher gets by being an artist, his father is very against it. Asher’s father and mother having conflicting expectations of Asher, it is already impossible to make them both completely satisfied at the same time. Throughout the novel My Name Is Asher Lev, Asher’s father wants him to stop drawing completely by constantly calling art “foolish” and “from the sitra achra”.
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