The Importance Of Internment Camps In The Snow Falling On Cedars
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On December 7th 1941, the Pearl Harbour attack took place in Hawaii where the Japanese bombed the harbour, the United States then declared war on Japan. Due to this, the U.S government decided that the Japanese people and those of Japanese descent were going to be placed into internment camps. Through the excerpt “from The Snow Falling On Cedars” we can see the characters Fujiko and Hatsue Imada placed in one of these camps, and how they both take responsibility for themselves and each other. This also ties into our lives today about how all people in society take responsibility for themselves and each other in our daily lives.
“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person 's character lies in their own hands.” -Anne Frank
When Fujiko ripped the letter she had written to Ishmael and his family it was symbolic of letting her child go and allowing her to become a strong independent women. Doing this was extremely challenging for Fujiko because she was a loving mother who just wanted what was best for her child and what was going to benefit her further in life and towards her future goals. While these two women are in the internment camps at this time, Hatsue had to grow up abruptly in account of the position they were compelled into by the United States Law enforcement. Now that Hatsue is taking responsibility for herself, she is now in control of what she writes to Ishmael, because she understands that it is wrong to