Character Analysis: The Chosen By Chaim Potok

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Parents often sacrifice themselves for the benefit of their children. In the novel, The Chosen, by Chaim Potok, Reb Saunders, a Hasidic rabbi, sacrifices his relationship with his son Danny. Danny doesn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a rabbi and tzaddik. After many years of struggling, Reb announces to his son’s friend Reuven, “Let my Daniel be a psychologist. I have no more fear now. All his life he will be a tzaddik. He will be a tzaddik for the world. And the world needs a tzaddik…” (280). Reb now knows that Danny will be a great psychologist and will still have the understanding of a tzaddik. Danny is a brilliant young man who doesn’t want to take over the obligatory position of tzaddik from his father.…show more content…
The good parent will give of themselves so their children will have the best experiences and opportunities. In the book, So Far from the Bamboo Grove, by Yoko Kawashima Watkins, Yoko and her sister Ko’s mother sacrificed her needs for her children. During the long journey escaping from North Korea and trying to return to Japan, she always gave them most of her food and her coat and blanket so they wouldn’t be as hungry or cold. She felt that education was most important. With the little money she had, she enrolled them in school and paid for their tuition so they could finish school for the year. Then, she left them briefly to try to locate her parents so that they could have a better life. Her parents were dead and their home was destroyed. She returned heartbroken and weary and died in Yoko’s arms. Another example of a parent giving of themselves to help their child is in the book, Wolf Brother, by Michelle Paver. Torak’s father took him away from the Wolf Clan so that he could teach him the most important survival skills. His father was a soul-eater and knew one day the Beast would come to kill him. Even though Torak would have been happier living amongst the Clan, he took him away so he could prepare to live in solidarity when the time came. It was a difficult lesson for Torak to learn, but when his father was killed by the Beast, he knew how to

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