The Housekeeper And The Professor Essay

1061 Words Jan 15th, 2016 5 Pages
Yoko Ogawa’s The Housekeeper and the Professor is a captivating novel with a wonderful plot. This book changes reader’s perspective about mathematics as a whole. The story is about a college professor who got into a car accident at the age of 47 after which his memory is resetting every 80 minutes. His sister-in-law hires a housekeeper to look after Professor. Later on housekeeper bring her son to the job where him and Professor form a strong bond.
One fantastic quote from The Housekeeper and the Professor is, “Among the many things that made the Professor an excellent teacher was the fact that he wasn’t afraid to say ‘we don’t know.’ For the Professor, there was no shame in admitting you didn’t have the answer, it was a necessary step toward the truth. It was as important to teach us about the unknown or the unknowable as it was to teach us what had already been safely proven” (Ogawa, p.63). This quote is one of the most significant quotes in the novel. It highlights the importance of practice and hard work in mathematics and shapes the relationship between Root and his mother. In mathematics, individuals tend to face many obstacles such as not knowing the answer to a problem immediately or having a hard time understanding the concept. There is nothing wrong with admitting that you don’t know the answer because it is part of your learning, it is one step on the path to success. Mathematics is a precise field where there is only one correct answer to a particular problem.…

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