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  • Climax
  • We meet Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders and are introduced to the conflict between their communities. The setting is Brooklyn during WWII.
  • You Apikorsim!
  • Exposition
  • Conflict
  • The main conflict is between the 2 Fathers and sons. Danny wants to become a psychologist, but his father expects him to take over as Tzadik. Reuven wants to become a rabbi, but his father dreams of Reuven as a mathematician. Also, Reuven and Danny struggle to understand Reb Saunders' method of silent parenting.
  • Rising Action
  • Reuven and Danny become close friends. Danny starts studying Freud. They go off to college, and when Reb Saunders finds out that Reuven's father is a zionist, he forbids the boys from seeing each other. Danny secretly applies to Columbia to study psychology because he does not want to become Tzadik.
  • Falling Action
  • Reb Saunders explains why he chose to parent Danny in silence.
  • Reb Saunders finds out that Danny does not want to to take his place and has been accepted to Columbia to study psychology.
  • Danny explains his feelings to his father.
  • Reb Saunders starts to accept Danny's desire to study psychology and announces that Danny no longer must be raised in silence because he has learned compassion. He asks Danny to forgive him for the silence.
  • Falling Action
  • Reb Saunders allows Danny to go to Columbia and become a psychologist and decides that Danny's little brother can take his place as Tzadik.
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