Why are the women’s voices are excluded?

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Your question is an "oldie but goody": if a book concentrates on male characters, is that a deliberate marginalization of women?  Or is it just that the author chose to write a story that happens to be primarily about male characters?  Or is it because the author is writing about...

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Your question is an "oldie but goody": if a book concentrates on male characters, is that a deliberate marginalization of women?  Or is it just that the author chose to write a story that happens to be primarily about male characters?  Or is it because the author is writing about a society, or sub-society, that is male-dominated?

In the case of The Chosen, by Chaim Potok, I suspect that the third answer is applicable.  The main characters in Potok's novel are Orthodox Jewish men who are engaged in intensive Talmud study.  This is an occupation that was traditionally reserved for men, and is still like that, for the most part. 

Yes, Reuven's father, a widower, employs a female housekeeper, and Danny has a beautiful sister in whom Reuven briefly expresses an interest.  But The Chosen is not about the "love lives of Talmudic scholars"; instead, it is about the conflicts between Chasidic and non-Chasidic Jews, between tradition and modernity, and between fathers and sons. 

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