Bernie analysis - more parental care and love, even though...

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Although the four girls have all suffered from their gender role expectations and the gender inequalities imposed on them, Yamanaka still show signs of hope in her book. The most apparent evidence of this is the character Bernie. After showing how men, such as Jimmyboy, the principal, the man from the street, and the father, abused and oppressed the girls, the author introduced Bernie, the owner of a taxidermist shop, to show a different view toward men. She uses this character to show that not all men are abusive and domineering toward women. As compared to Lucy’s parents, Bernie shows much
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Unformatted text preview: more parental care and love, even though he is not even related to Lucy in blood. The activities Bernie and Lucy did together, hiking the Haupu Mountain, sending turtles back the wild, raising a goat, and finding glass at Kaaluwalu, are all intimate interactions that parents can do with their children. Even though such positive view on men is not seen anywhere else in the book, Yamanaka includes Bernie at the end of the story to give a sense of optimism about the Pahala society....
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