Larger Meanings Revealed by Small Details

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Larger Meanings Revealed by Small Details Julie Otsuka is a wonderfully skilled writer who is able to place very small, but very important details into her novels. These details can be easy to miss sometimes, but they are crucial to understanding the larger meaning of the story. Her ability to add such detail comes from her past career as a painter. As a painter you need to be able to visualize details and apply them to your work. The same goes for writing. These details reveal larger meanings that can be applied to life from the novel. Her background as a painter is very similar to her work as a writer. Both are very detailed and vivid. “I think that because of my background as a painter, I’m very concerned with what the world looks like. I have to visualize a scene in my head before I can begin to write it.” (Yoon, 2) This concern with detail and appearance allows her write more descriptively. These descriptions make the larger meanings easier to understand. “I think I must be obsessed with details.” (Kawano, 4) “And I guess I like to know a little more than I need to know to tell the scene.” (Kawano, 4) Details play a huge part in this novel. They are what make things interesting and not just about the injustice of the situation being described. Otsuka wanted her novel to apply to everyone so these larger meanings do not relate specifically to just the internment camps or even just WWII for that matter.
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course ENGL 111 taught by Professor Mcguire during the Fall '07 term at St. Thomas.

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