Analysis Of Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet

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Jamie Ford’s book "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet," is a story about the experiences and hardships that Japanese-Americans suffered during World War II. The protagonist Henry, a twelve-year old Chinese-American boy at the time of the war, reacted with more than just curiosity. The story opens with the news that belongings of several families who were interned is more than just curiosity; he had a deep personal connection to the events of the past and the story uncovers his memories. Henry had done a good job of burying his forgotten dreams, much like the artifacts found in the basement of the Panama Hotel. But just as in real life, when people try to ignore past events, the truth that lies in their heart cannot be denied. Sometimes, it can be something simple, like a parasol, to unlock those truths, but in Hotel, certain objects unlock the symbolism of life itself. Objects are powerful, as they represent not only moments in time, but people 's emotions, motivations, and ultimately, their identity. Food often serves as a trigger for cementing a moment in a person’s mind. When Henry met Keiko, the day stands out so vividly: “Henry thought the pears tasted especially good that day” (Ford 21). Ford quickly foreshadows the kind of relationship Henry and Keiko will have, which was instantly sweet and amiable, even when they are facing hardship. Their friendship begins from the moment that they started working together in the cafeteria. They didn 't let the…
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