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|American Literature||20th-Century American Literature|
All American Literature
|Author||Potok - Chaim Potok|
Memory and the Past
Visions of America
War and Warfare
his past . . . . . . and the traditions that he loves . . .
. . . without losing his dream of studying psychology.
But Danny's father wants him to become a rabbi and take over as head of his Hasidic dynasty.
Danny's a stone cold genius. And while Rabbis are supposed to be the best and brightest,
there still remains one small problem: Danny doesn't want to be a rabbi.
Danny's dilemma makes us wonder . . .
. . . what is our real duty in life? What do we owe ourselves? And what do we owe others?
Should we put aside our own dreams for the greater good of our community?
Or should we follow our own path regardless of the consequences?
There's quite a bit about our lives that are chosen for us.
Our parents get us going in many ways -- they help mold our religious and political views,
encourage our good ideas, while discouraging our bad ones...
Or maybe it has nothing to do with choice. Maybe it's all just fate.
In that case, we should just accept the path that the universe has chosen for us . . .
. . . and stop whining. But what if our dreams are just too strong
to put on hold? Shouldn't we be able to pursue them without
worrying about letting our community down? After all, despite what some people say . . .
. . . we only get one life.
Danny didn't want to hurt his father, or dishonor his family or his religion...
. . . and he hoped his dad would come to be proud of him, even if he was being a bit of
a rebel...with or without a cause. So the big question here:
What should you do if your dreams conflict with those of the people who are counting
Should you just go with the flow and not make waves . . .
. . . or should you hunker down and take a stand?
Honoring the past doesn't mean we have to live in
it . . . . . . even if that's what some people want
So, can we find a way to serve our people and ourselves?
Shmoop amongst yourselves.