"Farewell to Manzanar" An essay on the book Farewell to Manzanar.

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Jeanne was 7 years old when Pearl Harbor was bombed, her father was arrested, and her mother and 9 brothers and sisters were sent to live at an internment camp. Farewell to Manzanar, by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston, was published in 1973 portraying a Japanese American experience during and after World War II. Manzanar is where Jeanne's and her Papa's life lines intersected, and where her life began, yet it was where her Papa's ended.

Born in 1934, Jeanne Wakatsuki was only 7 when the U.S. government sent her and her family to live in an internment camp. For Jeanne, this is where her life began. Manzanar is the place where she became of age. "Then one afternoon there came a moment when I was cut off from both of them, Papa and Mama together. It wasn't loneliness I felt, or isolation; they were still within reach.

Rather, it was the first, brief flicker of total separateness. It could have occurred anywhere we might have been living; I had reached the age" (Houston Pg. 118). Reaching "the age" is where a person's life really starts; they become more independent and make more of their own choices. "Now, more and more I found myself cut off from him" (Houston Pg. 117). Being cut off means to be separated from, or having much more limited access. Jeanne's life was being cut off from her Papa's. Yet, while Jeanne's life was beginning at Manzanar, her Papa's life was coming to a close.

Wakatsuki Ko, or Papa, was born in 1887, at a time in Japan when there weren't warriors anymore. Ko's life ended at Manzanar, over time it had subdued him, resigned him. He no longer held on to his self-respect as tightly as he had before Manzanar, it...