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All in all, "Farewell to Manzanar" was a very moving autobiography that Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston wrote of her time in Manzanar. As horrendous as the situation was, the Japanese kept a positive "it cannot be helped" type of attitude. I believe the theme of this story is to keep yourself together, even in bad times, because you have to keep in mind that it could always be worse. It's like justice and injustice. Under no conditions should the government be allowed to violate a citizen's legal rights. Yet as unjust as things were, the Japanese kept a good attitude. When they first arrived to Manzanar, rather than fawning over the over bearing situation, they tried to keep their family together, fix up the small, black, 16x20 barracks, and did what they could. Houston uses logos writing very well. She adds vivid details like
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Unformatted text preview: "shoved into one of those sixteen by twenty foot compartments with six people they had never seen before," which helps us picture how terribly uncomfortable they must've been. Houston also uses pathos very well. She plays with our emotions. "It was hard to get Woody down. He'd keep smiling when everybody else was ready to explode. Grief flickered in his eyes." It is especially sad when a happy-go-round person starts to lose his or her faith. "Woody, we can't live like this. Animals live like this," says Jeanne's mom. This to me was very heart touching. It shows how inhumane their living condition really was. What happened to the Japanese Americans' is unjust, but sometimes you just can't do anything about it. Learning to accept and face reality with a positive attitude can really make a difference....
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