Sitting in their cottage, mayhap talking of the soldier brother, there fell upon the ears of these defenseless home-keepers strange sounds: the galloping of horses, the clanging of swords, frequent shots, sharp, quick commands. They wondered what all this clamor could mean, and rushing to the porch, they saw companies of men clad in blue, all riding in hot haste toward the bridge over the creek. They were beating and spurring their brutes [mules], which seemed weary under their human burdens, and in their dumb way resenting the cruel and harsh measures used to drive them to greater and more strenuous effort.
Approximately, 17,000 Americans each year feel that the name they were given does not match their identity. The name a person is given is who they are, it is a way for the world to acknowledge them. At the start of World War II, the American government took a series of drastic measures aiming at Japanese Americans in the U.S., all Japanese Americans, no matter who they were, adults, women, or children, had been suspected spies. More than 120,000 Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps. This essay aims to study the comparison of the named and nameless characters in When the Emperor was Divine, through the analysis of their loss of identity. This analysis will also vividly show the suffering of the Japanese Americans during this time.
The characters who were once strong became weaker physically and emotionally.The boy was an average American, talked American , did everything just like the American. During WWII he and his family was sent to the internment camp cluelessly. Obviously this didn't made any sense to him, he was “ worried he was there because he done something horribly wrong”(57).The boy didn’t know why they had to go to the camp. The boy thinking about reasons he was there lead him thinking negatively. His mind was filled with questions ,why, which made him worried more and more.Worrying isn’t getting stronger and stronger but weaker and weaker because your mind is having all the possible answer and yet you wouldn’t know the right answer. The boy was American, he spoke english not Japanese. This led to him thinking he might have possibly done bad things even though he didn’t know,he might be thinking of himself badly.The...
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The mother’s spirit is broken by the torment and monotony that each day brings. “She had stopped keeping track of the days. She no longer read the paper or listened to the bulletins on the radio. ‘Tell me when it’s over,’ she said”(93). This quote shows the utter lack of hope that the Japanese-Americans faced during this war. There would be no liberation, or food packages when the war was over. What the family did have to return to, was not much at all. “In the room where she had locked up our most valuable things—the View-Master, the Electrolux...—there was hardly anything left at all”(111). Returning home, the family realizes their lives can never return to normal. Their house was looted, their money stolen, and their security in doubt. There was no good luck in such tragedy. Even worse than the material losses, the mother, nor father, could never again feel safe in her own house, as shown by the quote, “He sat up and shouted out our names and we came running. ‘What is it?’ we asked him. ‘What’s wrong?’ He needed to see us, he said. He needed to see our faces. Otherwise he would never know if he was really awake”(133). This quote was very disturbing, and punctiliously illustrated the lifelong effects of internment and the division it
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Many people feel like outsiders. In the novel, Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese, it highlights how a character can change as a result of persecution. Saul faces criticism from journalists, with headlines that have racist views. Saul receives abuse from a man he thinks he can trust, Father Leboutiller. Saul’s friendship with the Kellys allows him to listen to other people’s views and receive advice. Criticism, abuse, and friendship have helped Saul develop as a person as a result of persecution.
The Essay, I have chosen to read from is ReReading America was An Indian Story by Roger Jack. The topic of this narrative explores the life of an Indian boy who grows up away from his father in the Pacific Northwest. Roger Jack describes the growing up of a young Indian boy to a man, who lives away from his father. Roger demonstrates values of the Indian culture and their morals through exploration of family ties and change in these specific ties. He also demonstrates that growing up away from one’s father doesn’t mean one can’t be successful in life, it only takes a proper role model, such as the author provides for the young boy.
Many Aboriginal children across Canada are distressed as most of them have difficulty finding their inner quality and enhancements in life. This is visible in the life of Saul Indian Horse, the main protagonist in Richard Wagamese’s “Indian Horse”. Saul has many struggles in his life that he had to overcome, He could have come down a negative path, but instead learns from them. Saul’s personal growth is a result of overcoming racism, surviving residential school and his passion for hockey.
His poor self-esteem is connected with the idea of being poor and even believing that he deserves to be poor. It is not until Mr. P points out that he deserves better and is worth more that he actually starts to believe it. In fact, he is so used to believing that because he is Indian he is inferior in some way to the people around him. Alexie had makes the point that Indians have not been loved in this country. The authors mentions the perils of driving in certain area off the reservation, where Indians are arrested for the “crime” of Driving While Indian to give an example of the racism Native Americans face in the white world. Another example showing the inferior conflict is when Arnold’s sister marries a Flathead Indian and moves to their reservation in Montana, Arnold says: “Can you imagine a place where the white people are scared of the Indians and not the other way around? That’s Montana” (p. 90). Conversely, the Indians on Arnold’s reservation seem to believe that if they go into the white world they will be hurt or even killed, as Native Americans have been in the
Unfortunate circumstances form children into adults. Scout Finch, an adventurous tomboy from the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, and Saul Indian Horse, a native boy from Richard Wagamese’s novel Indian Horse, both prove that to overcome challenges you must have faith, resilience, and courage; Scout uses her challenges as learning experiences, but Saul triumphs as he uses his past experiences to mature and develop a new sense of self. For instance, Saul’s superior growth can be proven as he went through hardship early on in life. Overtime, these hardships led to his development of the quality courage. His loss of all sense of familiarity within the story ultimately causes him to fill the void in his heart, which was once overtaken
Julie Otsuka leaves her characters unnamed in her novel When the Emperor was Divine to really grab the reader’s attention and therefore, making it a definite way to empathize with these characters. These characters are unnamed to give a sense of stepping into someone else’s shoes. Julie’s novel was based in the historical time period of the Japanese Internment camps. Otsuka purposely withheld her character’s names from the reader because it made the story universal instead of focusing on one family’s experience.
Regardless of what is being discussed, this film needs to provide both sides of the issue, in order for the audience to fully agree with what the film is trying to shape or persuade the audience to think. A way to go about doing this is by picking more creative and unique subjects—instead of the rancher and the farmer—like Susan Orlean and her story The American Man, Age Ten. Orlean’s topic was to give the essence of the average american man, and did it uniquely through the life of a ten-year-old boy. This story changes the whole perspective, and if this film incorporated the views of a child on the ranch or the wife of the farmer, it would also have a changing perspective. The viewer expects the subjects to be ranchers, farmer, and hikers—not the views of children, spouses, or even the animals affected. The expected subjects should be used for the side the film is persuading against, then the anti-Heritage side would also be expected and the film would create a lasting perspective on the
Julie Otsuka’s story, “When the Emperor was Divine,” illustrates what calamities an unnamed Japanese American family lived through during, and after being sent to an internment camp by the American government. The story takes place after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, when America was engulfed in a rise of “yellow peril” emitting a widespread fear of Japanese people across the country. Every chapter is see through the eyes of a different family member and gives the readers details about how differently each character was affected by the events that unfolded around them. Rather than explaining what the characters felt, Otsuka used symbolism to enumerate the hidden themes within the story, such as with the use of the woman’s rosebush. In the fourth chapter, Otsuka uses the rosebush as a symbol of the family’s former lives, and how that freedom was stolen from them, never to be found again.