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  • Asher's Brooklyn Crucifixion Paintings
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    To the teacher: My Name is Asher Lev is the story of a young boy whose gift for drawing leads him on a course that sets him apart from family and friends. The book belongs to the classic literary genre of the Bildungsroman, or novel of education, in which a young person, through struggle with his environment, learns about the ways of the world and gains an identity. In this novel, the Hasidic community of Crown Heights in Brooklyn forms the backdrop for Asher Lev's journey into manhood. For youn...
  • Asher Lev The Painter
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    Asher Lev This story is about a Jewish boy from Brooklyn, who's talent is painting. He introduces himself as a young man struggling with inner conflict between his religious upbringing and his extraordinary God-given gift that cannot be controlled and seems to possess a spirit all it own. He can not explain why he feels he must paint, and does not like the fact that he hurts everyone he loves, and insults everything he believes in, but continues on his path which seems to have been chosen for hi...
  • Jacob Kahn Turns Asher Lev
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    Asher Lev Essay: Minor characters are central to our understanding of any text. Analyse their significance in My Name Is Asher Lev. Central to our understanding of "My name is Asher Lev" by Chaim Potok, is the dynamics of Asher's relationship with different minor characters involved. Each minor character such as Yudel Krinsky, Uncle Yitzchok, the Rebbe, and Jacob Kahn each help Asher in a different way allowing the reader to interpret the text more thoroughly. Their guidance to the antagonist cr...
  • Asher's Father And Mother
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    I Comes Before "U" in the Alphabet and in Happiness Throughout life, one faces many responsibilities that could betaken upon; furthermore, sometimes one responsibility conflicts with another, causing a person to struggle to find which responsibility is more important in his life. In addition, for one to live his life in a manner that would make others content would be foolish, because this person would feel unsatisfied with his accomplishments and no one else would be completely pleased; It is i...
  • Lev's Paintings Disrespectful To His Are Asher
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    Are Asher Lev's Paintings Disrespectful To His Are Asher Lev's Paintings Disrespectful To His Parents? Are Asher's paintings of the Cruxifixion an ultimate act of disrespect towards his parents? Asher Lev paints against the values of his family and community. He disregards Jewish traditions and observance by pursuing his passion for art. His individuality has him disobeying the Rebbe, the mashphia, his mythic ancestor as well as his parents. Asher does not intend for his artwork to be harmful, b...
  • Asher's Devotion To Painting
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    A ruling passion in an individual's life has the ability to demonstrate an effect on a person's life including the atmosphere surrounding them. In the novel My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Poto k, the author traces the making of a great painter from the time of Asher being an ordinary boy, to his response to his ruling passion, leading to his successful yet controversial exhibitions of being a distinguished painter. The book centers on the growing separation between Asher and his family and his co...

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