The first story to consider is that of “Obasan”, which is written by Joy Kogawa. Within this story, Kogawa is critical of the impact that silence has on the human psyche. She is critical of this because, as her story indicates, silence in and of itself does a remarkable degree of damage to the human psyche. This can be seen with the titular character of this story, Obasan herself. Obasan is depicted as being a relatively silent individual herself, and in her own way, enveloped in the quiet. The story...
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...s appears to be the most likely of the situations, given her actions at the end of the story. When she takes a clot from her period and puts it in a box with a note reading “It was yours so I killed it” (1222), she has already confronted and ensured that her Uncle will never touch her again. This action, then, is how Adelaine is finally capable to let go of her self enforced silence. It is interesting that such a notion relies on something that the audience does not know for certain.
Kogawa, Joy. "Obasan." An Anthology of Canadian Literature in English. Ed. Donna Bennett and Ed. Russell Brown. Third. Canada: Oxford University Press, 2010. 752-757. Print.
Robinson, Eden. "Queen of the North." An Anthology of Canadian Literature in English. Ed. Donna Bennett and Ed. Russell Brown. Third. Canada: Oxford University Press, 2010. 1207-1222. Print.
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