Analysis Of Farewell To Manzanar

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The cool summer breeze softly shakes the leaves of the tall oak trees in the park. The grass is bright green and freshly cut. Many people are standing in line at Peety’s Ice Cream Stand debating on which flavor to choose. There is one group of four that appears to be standing together waiting for their turn. This group includes an older male, assumed to be the father, an older female, assumed to be the mother, and two teenagers who are assumed to be the children of the two adults. What’s the first word that comes to mind? Most people would think “family.” In the dictionary, ‘family’ is defined as “a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children.” The real question is, has family always been defined as this? Throughout many years, …show more content…
It has many themes throughout the entire book. One of these themes is the destruction of family life under internment. In the book, Wakatsuki+- and her family start to break down because of the way Manzanar, the internment camp, forces them to live. The family usually depends on Papa to give them strength but it’s hard to depend on him once they’re in the camp. This is because the family is constantly being broken up to go do specific jobs in the camp throughout the day. Wakatsuki’s situation is much like the breakup of a family in today’s society. This book shows an example of how families can change because of economic issues. This is much like in today’s society where the meaning of ‘family’ has changed as well because of certain economic issues. Also, Farewell to Manzanar exhibits how important family is in Wakatsuki’s Japanese culture. “[Mama] would quickly subordinate her own desires to those of the family or the community, because she knew cooperation was the only way to survive” (Houston and Houston 33). This quote shows how significant family was in Japanese society. Mama would give up something that she wanted for the others that she cared about. This novel is a great way to understand the importance of family in a different

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