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Unformatted text preview: Snow Falling on Cedars written by David Guterson explores the clashing ideals of a mixed cultural society on San Piedro Island through narrative form. A core theme in the novel is the racial intolerance and disparity that segregates individuals originating from conflicting cultural perspectives. Cultural disparity highlights conflicting perspective enabling individuals to compromise beliefs to negate cultural barriers. Similarly, Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell, explores similar themes of racial intolerance creating conflicting perspectives. Cultural disparity highlights conflicting perspectives enabling individuals to often compromise individual beliefs to negate cultural barriers. Hatsue traversed the Japanese cultural barrier in an attempt to assimilate into the San Piedro community. The cedar tree acts as a symbol of protection and security against the negative views of society metaphorically “..inside the tree felt private. He felt he would never be discovered here.” The tree acts as an incitement to continue the relationship even though the parents are used as a cultural restraining force. “if they knew…..your father’d probably kill me with a machete”. The use of hyperbole emphasises the point that Ishmael and Hatsue are culturally starcrossed.This reinforces racial intolerance and cultural ignorance that is apparent and in addition conflicting perspectives that result can be...
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