In Kogawa’s novel, the title character Obasan can be described as having a forceful personality. She is not forceful in the sense that she imposes her will upon others, but rather she stands at the center of the narrative, making it all possible. Obasan is undoubtedly a quiet woman, so it is her actions rather than her words which make her presence so prevalent; she is more of an attitude than a person and she personifies the strength that can be found in silence. As a young woman, she is quiet. As an elderly wom...
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...respective narratives forwards with their strong character traits. They are both incredibly wise and selfless and have suffered through difficult histories. Obasan and Poh-Poh may seem very similar, but they are in fact quite different. While these women are very loving and unfaltering in the protection and care of their families, the ways in which they interact with their loved ones are very different. Obasan is a very mild and passive woman who takes on a maternal role when dealing with her niece and nephew. Poh-Poh, on the other hand, is very brazen and harsh, and is more of a guardian and mentor for her grandchildren. Both Kogawa and Choy have done a remarkable job of crafting two unique and awe-inspiring characters.
Choy, Wayson. The Jade Peony. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1995. Print.
Kogawa, Joy. Obasan. Toronto: Penguin, 1981. Print.
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