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EXPOSITION The story, "The Chosen" begins on the setting of a baseball field in Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York, which was roughly around 1944 while Reuven Malter was preparing for his big game against a Hasidic baseball team. Reuven is known as a jewish young teen with an open mind. At the big baseball game against the Hasidic team, Reuven meeets a Jewish boy named Danny Saunders. Danny is also one of the main characters.
CONFLICT The main conflict in the story is when Danny Saunders does not want to continue his Jewish family tradition of remaining tzaddik, the head Rabbi. Danny wants to become a psychologist rather than becoming a tzaddik. Danny wants to let his father know, but is unable to, due to the fact that his father does not speak to Danny except only when they study the Talmud.
RISING ACTION During the baseball game, Reuven has to pitch against Danny Saunders and is suddenly struck in the eye by the ball. He is taken to the hospital after the game. As the days goes by Danny visits Reuven and they become very close friends. Danny then opens up to Reuven and informs him about his problems about his relationship with his father, Reb Saunders.
CLIMAX Reb Saunders ends Reuven and Danny's friendship for about two whole years and then he allows Danny to be Reuven's friend again. He also asks Reuven to come study Talmud with him. David Malter, Reuven's father, tells Reuven to go study with Reb Saunders and his friend Danny.
FALLING ACTION After Reb Saunders explains to Danny through telling Reuven, he gives Danny his approval to being a Psychologist rather than becoming a Rabbi. Danny and Reuven are shocked by Reb Sauders reaction. Reb Saunders embraces his son and they cry of joy that they finally communicated and were able to understand each other. A couple months later, Danny and Reuven graduate from Hirsch College.
RESOLUTION When Danny and Reuven graduate, Danny decides he will persue his psychologist dream at Columbia. Danny then shaves off his beard and cuts his side curls. Reuven speaks with Danny at the end with his father, David Malter. They thank each other for helping one another and they tell each other that they would study together. Then Danny walks his path onto college.
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