What Is The Theme Of Behind Barbed Wire By Krtin Lewis

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Shedded tears. Broken hearts. Dull sorrowful nights filled with despair. These are some examples of Japanese experiences, during one of the most upsetting times of history. In 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbour, located in the U.S. state of Hawaii. Because of this horrible event, the innocent Japanese people living in America were looked upon suspiciously, especially in the West. The Japanese were relocated to internment camps, and were revoked of their natural rights. They were treated terribly during this event, and their experiences in the camps irrevocably changed the lives of many Japanese Americans. The magazine article “Behind Barbed Wire” by Kristin Lewis gives great credibility to this statement, along with the short video …show more content…

Inside of the Japanese Internment camps, people were isolated from the rest of the nation. Thousands of people were trapped behind barbed wire and observed and guarded by United States soldiers, all of which were equipped with weapons. The Japanese-Americans were prisoners in their own home, outsiders in their own nation. Living conditions were also atrocious, further separating the Japanese-Americans from the rest of the country. That sense of division and separation added to the feeling that the Japanese-Americans had lost their freedom and were no longer equal to the people of the country. Even after the internment camps had been liberated, that feeling remained with the Japanese-Americans. Scope “Behind Barbed Wire” by Kirsten Lewis states, “Their sense of safety and justice had been shattered by what the government had done to them.” Many Japanese-Americans had lost trust and hope in the American government, unable to forget the distressing times in the internment camps. Their mindset was forever changed, as the Japanese-Americans could no longer feel safe in the place that they had once called home. Some people were so affected by the internment camps that they continued to inform and teach others about the events that had taken place. The Japanese-Americans were irreversibly changed by the inequality and the social and physical confinement that they

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