Essays Tagged: "Obasan"

Racism in Society, an essay on "Obasan" written by Joy Kogawa.

st people who put down and almost ostracize the people of another community. In Joy Kogawa's novel, Obasan, the issue of racism is discussed through the various letters kept by Obasan which in turn pr ... s letters kept by Obasan which in turn provides a first-hand look at was done to Naomi's family. In Obasan, there are many instances where the Joy Kogawa uses images of animals, such as insects, kitte ...

(5 pages) 152 1 3.8 Feb/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American > Authors

"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley & "Obasan" bu Joy Kogawa

LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS FAIR:The novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Obasan by Joy Kogawa, are both written by female authors. The novels use multiple tenses and similar ... ine right from wrong. In both cases the outcast is treated badly and with disgust.The main theme in Obasan is the unjustness of the Canadian Government in World War II. Similarly, Frankenstein illustr ... stein illustrates Victor's misuse of dangerous knowledge and his unjustness towards the monster. In Obasan, the Japanese-Canadians suffer discrimination at the hands of the government and from many of ...

(2 pages) 48 0 5.0 Apr/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Obasan by Joy Kogawa. chapter-by-chapter analysis with discussion questions.

is real and what is just a dream. I found on page four this quote, " He does not respond. From both Obasan and Uncle I have learned that speech often hides like and animal in a storm." I really like t ... 3. What is your favorite quote so far in the story?1. Chapter five seems important and interesting. Obasan wakes Naomi late at night and brings her to the attic searching for something although Naomi ...

(11 pages) 103 0 4.5 Mar/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers


The differing forms of communication by the two aunts play a role in Naomi's lifestyle choice: Obasan with her use of Japanese silence and Emily through her straight forwardness. Obasan lives her ... n's reward.". Naomi throughout the book is constantly searching for messages and attempting to find Obasan's love. Complicating the situation for Naomi is the use of the Japanese language by Obasan. N ...

(2 pages) 37 0 4.0 Oct/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Obasan by Joy Kogawa - Racial prejudice leveled against members in a society has a adverse effect on members inside.

The book Obasan by Joy Kogawa is a good example of how racial prejudice against people can hurt and deeply wo ... unlearn the Japanese language. The constant hate of himself and his race causes this. "He grunts as Obasan tries to help him with it. Stephen has made himself altogether unfamiliar with speaking Japan ... s in Naomi's life, for she must decide between traditional Japanese ways or modern Canadian living. Obasan lives on the basic requirements of life, while Emily lives in the large city of Toronto, enjo ...

(4 pages) 57 0 2.0 Dec/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

An analysis of the metophorics themes in the book "Obasan" written by Joy Kogawa

ans were being mistreated by the white Canadians and the Canadian government. In Joy Kogawa's novel Obasan, Ms. Kogawa tells us the story of Naomi's family through a series of letters written by her O ... ese-Canadians went through using animals, insects and Aunt Emily's documents and letters.Throughout Obasan there were several occasions where Ms. Kogawa had animals in situations similar to what the J ...

(4 pages) 46 0 5.0 Apr/2005

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American > Authors

Silencing a Nation: Naomi's Troubled Development in Joy Kogawa's: "Obasan"

ries, too, might better be forgotten...What past recall is past pain."(Kogawa 45). In Joy Kogawa's "Obasan" the silence of the mistreatment Naomi faces, as well as her family's health, and sudden aban ... destructive development that, in the long run, had a negative impact on her adulthood. Naomi's Aunt Obasan fails to involve her in the racism they face and keeps the health of all Naomi's relatives si ...

(5 pages) 38 0 3.0 Apr/2006

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

A brief paragraph on the analysis of the Attic scene in "Obasan" by Joy Kogawa

The shaping of future through the Past and Prsent of Nomi in "Obasan" by Joy KogawaThe scene in which Nomi and Obasan are in the attic is a significant metaphor a ...

(2 pages) 26 0 1.0 May/2006

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

"Obasan": The Power of Dreams

wise remain silent. Dreams are the outlet for the subconscious, its way to let the feelings out. In Obasan, by Joy Kogawa, Naomi expresses her emotions in this way. As the rest of the Japanese-Canadia ... her dream doing a flower dance. There is a red rose in his mouth. Naomi dreams this is at her Aunt Obasan's house the night she arrives for her Uncle's funeral. This dream is not only about the conce ...

(6 pages) 24 0 0.0 Sep/2006

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Joy Kogawa: "Obasan": A Self-conscious Story of History

m.How bright in the darkness the brooding light.How gentle the colors of rain (Kogawa 295)Kogawa's "Obasan" ends in this poetic farewell of to the silent and silenced past and an optimistic welcome to ... rough a struggle with silence, language and communication. From the start, Kogawa has stressed that Obasan is a work of fiction, although it is full of history and people have been mentioning the book ...

(9 pages) 30 0 0.0 Jan/2007

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American


Obasan The setting of the novel, Obasan, changed throughout the book. The narrator, Naomi Nakane, is ... emains of dinosaurs in a prehistoric battleground."� (pg. 211) One of the main characters in Obasan Naomi Nakane. She, who is the narrator of the book, is a dynamic character. In the present, s ... with her grandmother for Japan, and her father becomes sick and leaves Naomi her brother Stephen to Obasan and Uncle. "Nomi almost never talks or smiles. She is always carrying the doll you gave her a ...

(5 pages) 13 0 0.0 Sep/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers


Obasan is a novel that reveals what the Japanese have experienced during World War II. The author, J ... xile to which the Canadian Government sent her family at the war's end. Throughout the whole story, Obasan grows up and unfortunately becomes deaf at the end. Naomi as a result comes to help Obasan be ... es to help Obasan because she has separated from her mother. Consequently, Naomi is very beloved by Obasan. Kogawa, using Naomi, tends to go back and forth from the past and the present and thus prese ...

(2 pages) 7 0 0.0 Nov/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers


OBASAN - Opus "I want to break loose from the heavy identity…I am tired of living between dea ... ce, unable to scream or swear, unable to laugh, unable to breathe out loud." (102). In Joy Kogawa's Obasan. Naomi, a young female of Japanese decent is forced to adapt and grow into the Canadian socie ... iven to grow up under two separate definitions of womanhood. Guidance is provided by her two aunts, Obasan and Emily. The complication arises due to their contrasting views of life, Japanese and Canad ...

(5 pages) 23 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Religion & Faith

Obasan: Dehumanization Embodied Through the Imagery of Animals

be extremely unjust. This theme of dehumanization is constantly seen throughout Joy Kogawa's novel Obasan in which she uses many images of animals in order to allegorically symbolize the hardships wh ... the destitution of human beings during the outbreak of World War II.The two spiders which Naomi and Obasan discover while fumbling through the attic are symbolic of the dreadful memories that Naomi ex ...

(4 pages) 2424 0 0.0 Apr/2009

Subjects: Literature Research Papers