Critical Response to David Guterson's Snow Falling on Cedars

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Critical Response to David Guterson's Snow Falling on Cedars

David Guterson's novel Snow Falling on Cedars undoubtedly holds high acclaim in its reputable attempt to show the prejudice between the Americans and Japanese after World War II and more importantly the prejudice that is unavoidably apart of human nature. The author of the criticism recognizes and brings to light the things done by Guterson throughout the novel. He refers to the animosity between people brought about by differences, the unwillingness to accept change, and also states that things end in a moral and justified manner.
The author refers to “old passions, prejudices, and grudges” surfacing throughout the novel taking place off the Washington coast. In referring to
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He has not succumbed to the immoral prejudice toward Kabuo because of his origins that the rest of the community so prevalently upholds. The courthouse as described thought imagery in the novel is seen as protection from the actual storm taking place outside, but in actually goes much deeper to represent protection from the storm that is brewing within the interracial community of San Piedro. The resentment between the cultures has been sheltered and nurtured for so long, but the courthouse can only protect it for so long before it gives way to the storm. The courthouse represents the ideal society where equality exists but is being withered and worn by the storm called prejudice. In reference to the relationship between Hatsue and Ishmael the author states “Kabuo’s wife is the undying passion of Ishmael Chambers…he can’t shake his obsession for Hatsue any more than he can ignore the ghost pains in his nonexistent arm.” Aside from the main conflict of prejudice, the conflict between Ishmael and Hatsue’s illegitimate relationship is one of the most passion driven arguments in the book. Ishmael becomes so stuck on the fact that Hatsue is the only person he will ever love; he loses sight with reality sometimes and remembers the day he was cut out of Hatsues life just as vividly as the moment his arm was amputated. The magnitude of his emotion towards her becomes ironic and shows his instability. When he becomes
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