Ishmael Chambers and Hatsue Imada Miyamoto David Guterson's novel, Snow Falling On Cedars, consist a display of mystery, suspense action of war, and romance. The novel all took place on San Piedro Island, which is located off the coast of the State of Washington, during the time of before, during, and after World War II; discriminate racism obviously played a disturbing role at the time as well. One of the intriguing stories in the novel is the discrete relationship between Ishmael Chambers, a Caucasian male, and a Japanese girl named Hatsue Imada Miyamoto. Ishmael and Hatsue characteristics consist of differences, common perspectives, and depicting the respect of family value.
Being different are characteristics that everybody consists of. Ishmael Chambers, Caucasian, is a thirty-one-year-old veteran of World War II, which resulted of him losing an arm that had to be amputated. Ishmael is an editor for his father's, Author Chambers, weekly newspaper, the San Piedro Review.
Ishmael inherited the San Piedro Review after his father's death. Hatsue Imada, who is Japanese and the daughter of Fujiko and Hisao Imada, is the wife of, the accused defendant of first-degree murder of Carl Heine, Kabuo Miyamoto. Ishmael and Hatsue knew each other since they were children; a strong bond of friendship began to develop as time went on. They were two different people from two different cultures; they did not know the definition of diverse affection for variant ethnicities. At this time period, interracial relationships were definitely a rare occasion, and parents, as well as other people in diverse cultures, did not want to accept this in their society. Hatsue parents sustained strong beliefs within their family that consist of five daughters; definitely her parents did want any of their daughters having relationship with other different ethnicities. If the occasion occurred, the result can be horrid as in being disowned by the family "ÃÂ being disowned is the most disgraceful thing that can ever happen within an Asian family. In this period of time, discrimination is a common matter in the society of Ishmael and Hatsue's lives. Perspectives of discrimination differ from these two individuals because of their different cultural background. Hatsue is basically the alien in the world of Ishmael's country. Ishmael does not experience the discrimination that Hatsue and her family experience during the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack. Variations will always play a role in a relationship, but common interests shall bring two people closer than ever.
A common perspective between Ishmael and Hatsue is recognizing that love has only one true color. As children, Ishmael and Hatsue had a deep friendship that developed into an affair which each kept a secret from their parents and friends. This is triggered by a kiss Ishmael gives to Hatsue, both at the age of ten, when they isolate themselves under a cedar tree to escape a treacherous rainfall. By the time they entered their young adulthood, Ishmael had fallen in love with Hatsue. "Let's get married"ÃÂ¦I want to marry you, Hatsue"ÃÂ verbally depicts the strong affections of Ishmael towards Hatsue. This illustrates the feelings that he has for her and also show that love consist no boundaries of color. However, Hatsue experiences variations of doubts regarding her feelings for him. The reason being because of the fact of her parents will never allow an interracial relationship with any man of an alien ethnicity. Their perspective of love is virtually the exact same meaning, which they both share discretely between themselves; thus, making it impossible to let anyone to discover. Knowing that maintaining a discrete interracial relationship is wrong, both realize that they cannot move on because of the respect that they have within their families.
Respect is a matter that both Ishmael and Hatsue take very seriously. Ishmael is proud to inherit his father's weekly newspaper, the San Piedro Review. To enhance his journalism ability, Ishmael went to college to earn a degree in journalism to become a prolific writer just like his father, Author Chambers. At the age of thirteen, Hatsue's parents sent her to Mrs. Shigemura for training in the social graces. Mrs. Shigemura told her to avoid white men, who merely adore Japanese girls. Hatsue merely disgust the fact that her parents sent her to be more Japanese when they are in a different country. However, Hatsue realizes that learning more about her cultural background shall grow into a better individual with strong beliefs and morals. The actions conducted by Ishmael and Hatsue clearly shows how greatly they respect their parent's accomplishments.
The characteristics of Ishmael Chambers and Hatsue Imada Miyamoto can clearly illustrate the differences, common perspectives, and depicting the respect of family value. Ishmael and Hatsue are two symbolizes two cultures that can become as one without any disputes of discrimination from any unknowledgeable groups of people. They may also symbolize the significance of opening new doors for a world without any hatred.