Schools & Districts
All of Shmoop
Cite This Page
iOS Learning Guide
Kindle: Learning Guide
Nook: Learning Guide
Sony Reader: Learning Guide
Best of the Web
Table of Contents
AP English Language
AP English Literature
SAT Test Prep
ACT Exam Prep
Search for Colleges
What you want to study:
AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES
ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES
AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, AND GENDER STUDIES
BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES
COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS
COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES
COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES
ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES
FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS
HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED CLINICAL SCIENCES
HEALTH-RELATED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
HIGH SCHOOL/SECONDARY DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATES
INTERPERSONAL AND SOCIAL SKILLS
LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES
LEISURE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES
LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES
MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS
MECHANIC AND REPAIR TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS
NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION
PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES
PERSONAL AND CULINARY SERVICES
PERSONAL AWARENESS AND SELF-IMPROVEMENT
PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS
RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORPS (JROTC, ROTC)
SECURITY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES
TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION/INDUSTRIAL ARTS
THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS
TRANSPORTATION AND MATERIALS MOVING
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
District Of Columbia
Search for Colleges
The Chosen Analysis
Literary Devices in The Chosen
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
In a book that celebrates choice and multiple perspectives, it’s no wonder that vision is a big deal. When the narrator gets his glasses broken before the end of Chapter One, we know he’s in fo...
Right away we're offered an intriguing and perhaps surprising vision of America in this novel. As the brilliant characters devour information, their understanding of the setting deepens, and so doe...
Narrator Point of View
Reuven Malter tells us a compelling story that begins in June 1944, when he’s fifteen, and ends in September 1949, when he’s graduated from college. He tells the story in the past tense...
It might be helpful to split the four genres into two parts. After we see how the first two fit together, and how the second two fit together, we’ll have a better idea of how genre operates i...
The shattering of Reuven’s glasses and the metaphorical opening of his eyes that follows set the tone for the novel. Each page asks the characters (and the readers) to expand their vision, to...
"Didactic" is a fancy way of saying "instructive." The Chosen doesn’t just tell us a story. It also teaches us about different aspects of Judaism and history. And this is reflected in the nov...
What’s Up With the Title?
The title seems simple at first glance, but the deeper we get into the novel, the more it resonates.The Jewish people are sometimes called "The Chosen People," and the title obviously draws on this...
What’s Up With the Epigraph?
There are actually five epigraphs in The Chosen, two at the beginning of the novel, and one at the beginning of each of the novel’s three sections."When a trout rising to a fly gets hooked on...
What’s Up With the Ending?
The Jewish holiday of Passover, or Pesach, takes on special significance in The Chosen. If you are interested, you can check out this website, which is devoted to the holiday. The story of Passover...
Baseball and war in the schoolyardWhen Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders first meet, it’s hate at first sight. Their friendly Sunday afternoon baseball game has turned into an all-out war.Do y...
Booker’s Seven Basic Plots Analysis: Rebirth
Homicidal tendenciesDanny and Reuven’s first meeting doesn’t seem to bode well for their friendship. Reuven thinks Danny is really weird, not only because of the way Danny dresses, but...
Three Act Plot Analysis
Even though Reuven Malter is sure that Danny Saunders hit him in the glasses with a baseball on purpose, he soon learns that things aren’t always what they seem. At first, Reuven sees Danny a...
Chaim Potok was also a painter. (Source)
Sex is hardly ever mentioned in The Chosen. By "hardly ever," we mean twice. The first time, Danny tells Reuven that he’s been reading Sigmund Freud on sexuality. He’s shocked by what h...
Aldoux Huxley (4.98)Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms (4.102, 106) Russell and Whitehead, Principia Mathematica (4.137, 10.10)Hayyim Nahman Bialik (5.10) New York Times (3.68, 5.10) Ivanhoe (3.2...
Need help with College?
© 2013 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved. We love your brain and respect your privacy. |
© 2013 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved. We love your brain and respect your privacy.