Symbolic Nature in Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

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Nature. Nature exists ever since the beginning of time when God created earth. Nature shaped and molded mankind in its cultures, societies, and philosophies over the course of nature’s existence. Nature influenced people’s way of living, the way they act and react, the way people view what they see, the way they think, and the way people learn and believe for centuries. People used nature in designing their art. People crafted art in forms of music, paintings, and literature overflowing with imagery, atmospheric tones and moods, symbols, and themes influenced by nature. David Guterson too used nature to mold and shape his novel, Snow Falling on Cedars. Guterson was able to make is themes flourish and shine through his artistic and symbolic use of nature incorporate in the novel’s plot. Guterson achieved capturing and touching readers’ hearts through his themes unfolded from the help of nature being used symbolically.
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