The Chosen

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Professor Nathan Appleman Character Analysis

Danny’s psychology teacher at Hirsch College, Appleman teaches his students the value of experimental psychology, which must be backed up by data and tests. Danny hates this at first, but after he talks with Appleman comes to realize that he is a kind and smart man. Danny learns about the value of modern scientific reasoning, which greatly differs from his traditional upbringing and original affinity to Freud, through Appleman.

Professor Nathan Appleman Quotes in The Chosen

The The Chosen quotes below are all either spoken by Professor Nathan Appleman or refer to Professor Nathan Appleman. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Fawcett edition of The Chosen published in 1987.
Chapter 13 Quotes

Poor Danny, I thought. Professor Appleman, with his experimental psychology, is torturing your mind. And your father, with his bizarre silence – which I still couldn’t understand, no matter how often I thought about it – is torturing your soul.”

Related Characters: Reuven Malter (speaker), Danny Saunders, Reb Isaac Saunders, Professor Nathan Appleman
Related Symbols: Silence
Page Number: 222
Explanation and Analysis:

In this passage, Potok sums up the challenges that Danny faces as a Hasidic student of science. To Professor Appleman, his teacher, Danny's religious affiliation is interfering with his scientific studies: Danny is more focused on his subjects' souls than on their minds. By the same token, Danny's own father sees him as being overly scientific: Danny is focusing too much on psychology when he should be studying the Torah.

With great difficulty, Danny tries to balance his commitment to science and his commitment to Judaism. In doing so, however, he alienates both the scientific and the Jewish community. To Danny's father, he's overly invested in science; to Danny's college professors, however, he's allowed his Judaism to warp his scientific sense of the world.

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Professor Nathan Appleman Character Timeline in The Chosen

The timeline below shows where the character Professor Nathan Appleman appears in The Chosen. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13
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...to his dismay at Hirsch this means experimental psychology. The chair of the department, Professor Appleman, dislikes psychoanalysis and Freud. Danny thinks that the test they are doing with rats and... (full context)
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Appleman thinks that the followers of Freud are dogmatic. Danny thinks that Freud is a genius,... (full context)
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...how a science of psychology would need proof from laboratory findings. Reuven pities Danny because Appleman’s experimental psychology is torturing his mind while his father’s silence is torturing his soul. (full context)
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Danny follows Reuven's advice and speaks with Appleman, and tells Reuven that he know realizes that he is a “very fine person.” Appleman... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...that he will work with people. He will need a doctorate to do this and Appleman has suggested that he attend Columbia. Danny has decided to apply, but he has not... (full context)