Reading guide for my name is asher lev, chaim potak first be aware that this novel is set in a (c)hasidic community what is the role and significance of asher's mythic ancestor how does that role change in the novel 3 why is there a conflict between art and religion in this community why does she seem to identify more with asher. Asher's mother says that he traveled to help people in asher's childhood dreams, his father's great-great-grandfather appears as a frightening figure, and he refers to him as the mythical ancestor asher's father's father, also named asher lev, lived a scholar's life. He is haunted once again by dreams of his mythic ancestor who served a noble gentleman in russia asher receives a message to meet with avraham cutler, who is the head of the yeshiva in paris.
Asher uses his “mythic ancestor” to cope with the fact that he has disrupted a family line of devoted jews, while aryeh uses his “mythic ancestor” to fuel his drive to spread judaism around the world. This article analyses changing perceptions regarding idolatry and secular art in two major jewish-american novels: chaim potok's my name is asher lev (1972) and the gift of asher lev (1990) the analysis focuses on the ways in which potok subverts, recasts, and reinterprets several key tropes from the intertextual reservoir of judaic culture, along the lines of emphatically american concerns. - asher lev's crucifixion paintings as an act of disrespect towards his parents asher lev paints against the values of his family and community the mashphia, his mythic ancestor as well as his parents asher does not intend for his artwork to be harmful, but that they convey truths and feelings and shows that i am part of a strong. Guzaldo asher lev mythic ancestor reading activity notes directions: over the weekend answer the analysis and interpretation questions for your group’s ancestor appearance be prepared to share your responses on tuesday to form your group presentations these are the group responsibilities.
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's father returns from russia, and says do not forget your people asher it is the same as if one jew aches, the whole community hurts, asher's mythic ancestor haunts him in his dream, and indicates that his art is a waste of time at the end of chapter 4. 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. Asher's acceptance at the end of the novel of his mythic ancestor, and of his duty to rebalance the world, serves sort of a reconciliation (in his mind at least) of his past and his art rather than making a break with his community, i think that asher finds his role in life and in his community, realizing that it is now his duty to spend the. The half of asher that everyone wants him to be all the ideas, admirations, goals, and achievements in one person, being the mythic ancestor, telling him to be this he scares asher to the point he questions his life choices, such as his artistic abilities.
Chaim potok, my name is asher lev (new york: alfred a knopf, 1972) summary: asher lev is a redheaded hasidic jew born in 1943 in brooklyn he has an almost supernatural ability to draw, yet his faith tradition tries to suppress this. The mythic ancestor who constantly torments asher in his dreams is in fact his father's great-great-grandfather who was the manager of the estate of a russian nobleman. Symbols earlocks, the rebbe, asher's mythic ancestor foreshadowing on the plane to paris, asher alters the pietà this foreshadows his later artistic creation in which he further alters the form of the crucifixion, using it to depict his family. “a novel of finely articulated tragic power little short of a work of genius”—the new york times book review asher lev is a ladover hasid who keeps kosher, prays three times a day and believes in the ribbono shel olom, the master of the universe. Destiny and free will, the central theme in my name is asher lev, is chaim potok's method of developing asher's moral character it is then that he dreams of his mythic ancestor one last time i saw my mythic ancestor come with me, my precious asher.
In my name is asher lev, chaim potok writes about a young boy in a landover hasidic community in brooklyn who is an excellent artist asher travels through childhood hanging onto his art, but when his art interferes with his religious studies, asher's two worlds of art and torah collide. The mythic ancestor that visits asher in his dreams means much more than just a nightmare the ancestor is a representation of unconscious thought for asher, appearing whenever he experiences a major life change. “my name is asher lev i am a traitor, an apostate, a self-hater, an inflicter of shame upon my family, my friends, my people also, i am a mocker of ideas sacred to christians, a blasphemous manipulator of modes and forms revered by gentiles for two thousand years. My name is asher lev is another powerful potok novel about ‘core conflict’ between the artistic spiritual voice inside a man’s soul, and the hasidic culture in which he grows up and in which he is so tutored by the memory of his legendary ancestor, as well as by the lives led by his grandfather and father. A summary of themes in chaim potok's my name is asher lev learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of my name is asher lev and what it means perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans.
The mythic ancestor is meant to teach asher conformity, but through the tumultuous history it conveys, the message is confused eventually, the ancestor teaches the repetition of past mistakes update this section. Be sure to extensively annotate the appearances of the mythic ancestor, underlining specific images and noting the mythic ancestor’s changes it is a requirement that you read and annotate my name is asher lev. Literary figure from my name is asher lev by chaim potak my mythic ancestor follows me everywhere he created a legacy that i must try to live up to chaim potok, an american author and rabbi the book's protagonist is asher lev, a hasidic jewish boy in new york city asher is a loner with artistic inclinations read a free sample or. My name isasher lev quotes p 3: asher lev as a matter of fact,observant jews did not paint at all--in the way that i am painting so strongwords are being written and spoken about me, myths are being generated: i am atraitor, an apostate, a self-hater, an inflicter of shame upon my family, myfriends, my people also, i am a mocker of ideas sacred to christians, ablasphemous manipulator of.
Asher's mythic ancestor reappears in his dreams that first night in paris, this time a very forceful creature in the morning, asher heads to a kosher restaurant about which his father had told him and draws another version of the pietà, further altered. My name is asher lev, perhaps chaim potok’s greatest novel, is an excellent example of the künstlerroman, which is a novel about an artist’s development it confronts issues of jewish and.