Keeping Memory Alive Analysis

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Unequals Is everyone equal in the world? In the stories, Keeping Memory Alive and Uproots of a Japanese-American Family, it is proven that this was not the case during World War II. These two stories have the commonality of inequality. In Keeping Memory Alive and The Uproots of a Japanese-American Family, the characters do not know why they are treated this way because they are put into camps and are treated different because of their race, given people should understand how good of a life they have compared to these stories. In Keeping Memory Alive Wiesel writes how a boy asks his father,” Can this be true? This is the 20th century, not the Middle Ages. Who would allow such crimes to be committed? How could the World remain silent?” That …show more content…
Dust, dirt, and wood shavings covered the linoleum that had been laid over manure-covered boards.” The example from the text shows how Japanese-Americans in these camps had horrible living conditions and were treated unfair. During this time Japanese people living in America were seen as the enemy and because of that were treated unequal. Another example from that supports the comparison of the two stories is when the text writes,” Shivering in the cold, we pressed close together trying to shield Mama from the wind. As we stood in what seemed a breadline for the destitute, I felt degraded, humiliated, and overwhelmed with a longing for home.” The text shows how the family was not even offered blankets, and how the children had to shield their own mother so she could keep warm. This relates to inequality by showing how the people running the camps didn’t care if they were warm or cold. They only cared about themselves because they believed that they were better than the Japanese Americans. The message in these stories is a very powerful one that makes one

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