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Essay about The Chosen

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In   The Chosen, silence has an important facet within the characters lives. Reb Saunders forced silence and suffering upon his son Danny rather than talking to him about something besides his studies. He says that he does this because he believes that Danny is so vibrant that he might not understand the anguish of others. Reb Saunders feels that silence is suffering by imposing non-communication, but silence is really how Reuven, Danny, David Malter, along with Reb Saunders communicate with one another and the world around them. Reuven and Danny are buddies when they enter Hirsch College. While they are at school, many of the students and faculty members have different stances on Zionism. During this time period, David Malter organizes a pro-Zionist rally at Madison Square Garden that proves to be somewhat successful and over joys Reuven. But when Reuven returns to school, he finds out that Danny is not allowed to be buddies and talk with him anymore because of the rally. Reuven is incredibly upset and angry. He calls Reb Saunders that a "fanatic" and yells about Danny. Danny and Reuven do not speak for the whole term and Reuven feels terrible about the circumstance. He believes that silence is more "cancerous, [and] was death" (221). By the next semester, Reuven claims to overlook Danny and his silence; he can not, even if he is mad. Later, Reuven and Danny begin communicating in silence. David Malter told Reuven in the beginning of the novel that "two people who are real friends are like two bodies with one soul." (74) This shows the reader that Danny and Reuven still had to communicate with each other, even in silence, since they were bonded with a "true" friendship.     "I watched Danny constantly in college, but the...

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