Study Guide

The Chosen Characters

By Chaim Potok

Daniel Saunders

Danny is, in some ways, a classic hero. He has a distinct struggle, which lasts the span of this...

Reuven Malter

Reuven Malter is our narrator, and, as we discuss in "POV/Narrative Voice," he is not the hero of...

David Malter

David Malter is the voice of reason in the novel. At first, it seems Reuven has inherited many of...

Reb Isaac Saunders

Reb Saunders is an extremely complex, but almost larger-than-life character. He saved his entire...

Levi Saunders

Levi is scarcely a character at all. Reuven only tells us that he’s sickly, pale, and...

The Women

You might be wondering what the deal is with the women in this novel. We never learn the name of...

Mr. Galanter

He’s the coach for Reuven’s baseball team, and the guy who takes Reuven to the...

Tony Savo

A prizefighter in the eye ward with Reuven. He loses his eye just before Reuven gets out of the...

Billy Merrit

A preteen boy also in the eye ward of the hospital. He was blinded in the car accident that...