The Chosen-an American Novel

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The Chosen Essay #1
The Chosen by Chaim Potok is often described by critics as a distinctly American novel. I would have to say that I am definitely in agreement with this statement because the novel has a large emphasis on the concept of the American Dream throughout the duration of the story. That is the belief that in America one can pursue his or her dreams, whatever they may be, without regard to background or culture. Both Reuven and Danny reflect this ideal in their behaviors and action. Reuven is able to experience the archetype of the American dream. Reuven is able to easily accept and embrace the American dream. There is nothing that blocks or hinders him in the pursuit of his goals and interests. Reuven’s father, David Malter, also embraces the American Dream. Mr. Malter often speaks about how Reuven could have bright future as a mathematician but he does not force that view upon Reuven. Moreover, he respects Reuven’s right to make his own decisions and he also wholeheartedly supports Reuven’s decision to pursue a career as a rabbi. Reuven is able to experience the archetype of the American dream. Reuven is able to easily accept and embrace the American dream. There is nothing that blocks or hinders him in the pursuit of his goals and interests. Reuven’s father, David Malter, also embraces the American Dream. Mr. Malter often speaks about how Reuven could have bright future as a mathematician but he does not force that view upon Reuven. Moreover, he respects Reuven’s right to make his own decisions and he also wholeheartedly supports Reuven’s decision to pursue a career as a rabbi.

Next, the setting of the novel is an extremely important element of the story. I think that America is the ideal setting for the lessons and experiences that Danny and Reuven experience throughout the novel. However, I also believe that it is possible for the story to take place in a different setting. The main conflict of the story is based off of cultural...
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