The American girl reprimands her Japanese friend for her actions of having a big mouth. The big mouth of the Japanese girl symbolizes how the Americans take the Japanese. Most Americans believed that the Japanese leaked secrets of America to destroy their country. Conclusion In conclusion, the two literary works have the American identity as a central theme. People from different cultures seem to be split between their culture and America.
In these short stories/poems, I am going to share different views and literary analysis on racism. Starting with “White Best Friend” The theme for this essay is racism. The narrator of the poem is a young 14 year old Japanese girl; who has a best friend that is American. It took place in the era of WWII; when the Japanese went and bombed Pearl Harbor. Stating that the Narrator is confused because her white best friend said “that she
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Americans were fearful of further Japanese attacks on the West Coast and also of Japanese Americans. In response to this fear, President Roosevelt passed an executive order relocating all people of Japanese descent from the West Coast inland. Similar to the fear of the American people, the witch hunts in the novel The Crucible by Arthur Miller led people to believe that girls in the town were being bewitched. Mass hysteria caused multiple arrests for accusations and even death for the so called “witches”. The theme of fear in both the Crucible and the Japanese Internment Camps of WWII caused people to be easily persuaded with the use of pathos and logos.
The written work of Eri Hotta entitled Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy, narrated the succession of events which took place between Japanese officials and leaders which led to the attack of Pearl Harbor. It showed the political unrest and civic instability of Japan that resulted into the bombing. Eventually, such attack was not condoned by the military forces of the United States and they countered the aggression by also bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Thousands of lives were lost and destroyed. Accordingly, the “ Japanese Emperor Hirohito was one of the Japanese officials who expressed reservations about going to war” (Timms).
After quite some time, Alphonso wanted her instead of her pretty sister Nettie to marry a man they known only as Mister but with a real name of Albert. Her sufferings continued as Mister treated her as a slave, beaten her often, and treated unlikely as a wife. Her husband also have a mistress named Shug Avery by which the photographs she saw. Her sister Nettie tried living with them but manage to leave due to the advances of Mister. Mister’s sister named Kate felt sorry for Celie’s fate and encouraged her to fight Mister.
Go Set a Watchman is a novel written by Harper Lee depicting the ideological conflict that the protagonist, Jean Louise Finch, encounters after coming back to her hometown Maycomb. This written task is an interview conducted a day after Jean Louise witnessed her father Atticus and her friend and potential love interest Hank attending the Maycomb City Council meeting. The intended audience is the fans of the novel who are interested in Jean Louise’s reaction to the shocking reveal of Atticus and Hank’s racist beliefs. Throughout this interview, I intended to fully express Jean Louise’s emotion after finding out her loved ones are in fact racists. I chose to do so in the form of an interview because depending on the questions asked by the interviewer, the character, Jean Louise Finch, can fully reveal her current state of mind.
The novel Farewell to Manzanar follows the story of a seven year old Japanese-American girl, Jeanne Wakatsuki, and her family's life struggles within the Manzanar internment camp. Written by Jeanne Wakatsuki and James D. Houston, this book is a dramatic autobiography that takes place mainly in Owens Valley, California, when the Japanese-American families arrive at Manzanar. Jeanne Wakatsuki narrates this novel and describes her life in the internment camp over a span of three years. In the following analysis of the Houston’s work, Farewell to Manzanar, I will offer a summary of the novel, the weaknesses, such as the authors’ failure to mention in-depth details about life in the internment camp, the strengths of the book, which include the authors providing background information on the War, and the significance of this certain era in American history. The novel opens up on Sunday, December 7, 1941, when Jeanne discovers the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japan.
When Rebecca Nurse tells her she is blessed with “eleven children” (page 27 in regular book) Mrs. Putman believes she is under the spell of witchcraft as she only has kept one and Rebecca has eleven. This causes Mrs. Putnam to become jealous of Rebecca nurse and thinks Rebecca is at fault for the death of her babies. Because of this jealousy Mrs. Putman accuses Rebecca of the death of her babies. She believed it was witchcraft was the reason because rumors of it was going around.
On December 7, 1941, there was a surprise military attack on the United States naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, called the ‘Pearl Harbor attack’. The attack was aimed for the United States from Japan to prevent America from doing any harm. The event caused many deaths and the destruction of multiple fleets. Americans were scared for another attack and soon, Japanese-Americans were the target of their hate for being related to the Japanese. The attack on Pearl Harbor negatively affected the lives of Japanese-Americans in the United States during the 1940s.
Esther Greenwood- magazine editor by conformity, yet secretly suicidal by choice. She is the first seen victim of caving in to what she thinks she must act like within Plath’s novel. There are many highlight moments to depict how everyone, in a way, is just like Esther- hiding yet seemingly unafraid. From the beginning, we are told that she’s surrounded by popular, beautiful women and as far as we can infer, she had the dream job as an editor. However, we also find out that she hasn’t been happy since the age of nine and has attempted suicide on multiple accounts.
Mary Matsuda Gruenewald tells her tale of what life was like for her family when they were sent to internment camps in her memoir “Looking like the Enemy.” The book starts when Gruenewald is sixteen years old and her family just got news that Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japan. After the bombing Gruenewald and her family life changed, they were forced to leave their home and go to internment camps meant for Japanese Americans. During the time Gruenewald was in imprisonment she dealt with the struggle for survival both physical and mental. This affected Gruenewald great that she would say to herself “Am I Japanese? Or am I American?” The internment camps that Gruenewald was placed and like most Japanese Americans were huge camps surrounded
In order for them to support the war, the government used propaganda to evoke feelings of nationalism. While the United States joined the war as an opportunity to get revenge on Japan, propaganda was often censored to guarantee that Americans only saw the damage Japanese soldiers had done to Americans. To insure that Americans would not be put off and maintain the desire for war, images of dead Americans were prevented from being published to the public. (“Supporting Evidence”). Government officials knew that citizens were unable to withstand the gruesome photos taken of the realities of the war.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a novel regarding Melinda Sordino, a 14 year old girl, who gets raped at the end of summer party. Melinda ends up calling the police, causing all of her friends to absolutely despise her. The story begins as Melinda arrives to her first day of 9th grade friendless, receiving dirty looks from everyone in the halls. Her once happy personality, entirely transforms into the opposite. “I cry to let everything out” Initially, Melinda befriends Heather, a new girl to the school, but later Heather realizes that Melinda being her friend ruins her social reputation.