The Chosen

what does reuven learn when he sees the fly stuck in the web?

chap 9-11

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The trapped fly symbolizes the cruelty and suffering that are an unavoidable part of the natural world. Reuven’s freeing of the fly reflects his desire to alleviate this suffering. At the same time, in trying to help the fly, Reuven hurts the spider, which suggests that helping someone possibly and perhaps even necessarily hurts someone else.