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1997 Read carefully the following passage from Joy Kogawa’s Obasan , a novel about the relocation of Japanese Canadians to internment camps during the Second World War. Then, in a well-organized essay, analyze how changes in perspective and style refl ect the narrator’s complex attitude toward the past. In your analysis, consider literary elements such as point of view, structure, selection of detail, and figurative language. (Suggested time 40 minutes) 1942. We are leaving the B. C. coast rain, cloud, mist an air overladen with weeping. Behind us lies a salty sea, within which swim our drowning specks of memory 5 our small waterlogged eulogies. We are going down to the middle of the Earth with pick-axe eyes, tunneling by train to the interior, carried along by the momentum of the expulsion into the waiting wilderness. We are hammers and chisels in the hands of would-be 10 sculptors, battering the spirit of the sleeping mountain. We are the chips and sand, the fragments of fragments that fly like arrows from the heart of the rock. We are the silences that speak from stone. We are the despised rendered voiceless, stripped of car, radio, camera and 15 every means of communication, a trainload of eyes covered with mud and spittle. We are the man in the Gospel of John, born into the world for the sake of the light. We are sent to Siloam, the pool called “Sent.” We are sent to the sending, that we may bring sight. We are 20 the scholarly and the illiterate, the envied and the ugly, the fierce and the docile. We are those pioneers who

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