Obasan - Sherry Yuan May 1 2012 Period 6 AP Literature Joy...

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Sherry Yuan May 1, 2012 Period 6 AP Literature Joy Kogawa’s novel, Obasan , tells about the relocation of Japanese Canadians to internment camps. Through point of view and selection of detail, we can analyze how the past affects the narrator as well as what elements in the story reveal this. The attitude she holds towards the past can be depicted as both positively and negatively. The use of first person point of view, illustrates what the narrator sees and feels as a young child. Analyzing what and who was around her, she provides a visual image of the ambiance on that train. The day that they had been put on that train lives vividly in her mind. Her obasan showing great kindness towards others, when she could not help but be afraid. It was a warm and yet fearful feeling.

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