This book is regarding the contrasts between Reuven and his environment in the book The Chosen by Chaim Potok

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Reuven's Environment Contrast

Reuven makes a transition of great magnitude in character and form of perspective. Reuven's first experience turned him to form opinions and ideas of Danny's Hasidic neighborhood, which brought him further away from his Jewish faith. His second visit pushes these accusations away, subsiding to a humble and respective view of the area. Reuven seems to notice the negative aspects of the visual imagery upon his first arrival; the "narrow street crowded with brownstones and sycamores . . . a good deal older and less neatly kept." At Reuven's first visit in the less promising times, he views the sycamores as "a solid, tangled bower that kept out the sunlight." This was to show the negative events such as Reb Saunder's discontent for Apikoros, his unorthodox treatment to his son, and the closing out of the outside world. Potok shows that Reuven's view has matured and come to peace as he comes back later on to the budding sycamores through which the sun shined.

Reuven can see this environment as a pathway of many struggles where he and Danny have grown to be successful and pleased with their standings. This is Potok's meaning and it is displayed under the theme of spring and rebirth. Reuven goes on to notice that the leaves from the sycamores will grow bigger and even farther away from each other towards the sun; this meaning that Danny and Reuven's lives will separate even more, but they will both grow happily.

The patterns of black and dark light imagery give the effect of mystery and the unknown, which is exactly the effect it had on Reuven as he stumbled around the corner. The shadows cast by the sycamores creating dark ceilings, the blotched with dirt surfaces and...