Characterization of Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders
In order to compare and contrast Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders, it is necessary to consider the elements of characterization. “The Chosen” is about two very similar but in many ways different according to their religion. Danny Saunders is a very Chassidic fifteen year old boy who learns Talmud every day, four pages to be exact, and loves to play baseball. In fact that’s how he and Reuven met, every day Danny wears a black caftan and hat, never shaves, and speaks with a Yiddish accent. Reuven Malter is a very intelligent young adult who speaks with a New York accent and is a very experienced baseball player, he wears shell-rimmed glasses, tzitzit, and keeps his facial hair trimmed. Reuven Malter is an orthodox, Jewish, young adult who wears shell-rimmed glasses and casual clothes on a daily basis.” I wore shell-rimmed glasses…” for baseball games he wears dungarees, a tee-shirt, and the undergarment (tzitzit). Danny is very Chassidic and unlike Reuven, he wears a black caftan and hat every day with the undergarment, even to baseball games. The Yiddish boy has dark hair, blue eyes, and keeps his hair cropped and lets the hair next to his ears fall down. He is a little taller than Reuven and his face seems to be cut from stone. “His chin, jaw, and cheekbones were made up of jutting hard lines, his nose was straight and pointed, his lips full, slanting off to form a too wide mouth.” Both Danny and Reuven wear skull caps. Danny Saunders learns four pages of Talmud a day, doesn’t like non Chassidic people, loves to play baseball, and His favorite subject is psychology. Danny is a very serious person and can be very sneaky; he reads books forbidden by his father, secretly in the far corner of the third floor in the library. Even when he knows that his father knows about it he still gets books suggested by Mr. Malter. “…He is very interested in psychology he tells me…” This makes Reuven...
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