Farewell to Manzanar Novell Analysis Essay

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Part III: theme analyses of Farewell to Manzanar 1)Title-Farewell to Manzanar, published in 1973, was written by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston. It is a classic memoir of the life and struggles of a young Japanese internee and her family at Manzanar during World War Two. The title, "Farewell to Manzanar," automatically sets a theme of grief, sadness, and loss. The significance of the title throughout the book, is that Jeanne is forced to say "farewell" to her father, friends, and previous lifestyle atone point in time. During the time she lived at Manzanar, she had become a different person with a different perspective on life. Once she had left Manzanar, she had realized that her life there was the only life she knew how to…show more content…
Throughout the book we learn that he is very headstrong and strict, and does not realize how his actions affect his family. He is a Japanese immigrant, and to his family, was thought to be dead. America is where he came to start a new life. During the duration at Manzanar, papa became an alcoholic, and his family's relationships began to be more distant. ~ Woodrow Wakatsuki- is the third oldest child in the Wakatsuki family. His family and close friends referred to him as Woody. When papa leaves to be interrogated, Woody became the "man" of the house. Woody is a true American citizen, and to prove this he joined the U.S. Army. ~ Kiyo Wakatsuki- is the ninth child of mama and papa, and is close to Jeanne were the youngest. They experience the hatred directed towards Japanese together when they get called "dirty Japs" and were disrespectfully spit on. ~Radine- She is an all American girl whose family descended from Texas. Her family had a struggle with money. Jeanne and her me shortly after the release of Manzanar. Radine proved to be a good friend when she accepted Jeanne, stuck by her side, and defended her. Radine, like Jeanne, was a scout girl. Jeanne soon became envious of Radine in the book because Radine was the girl that everyone loved. With blonde hair and blue eyes. They remain friends until the end of high school. ~Eleanor Wakatsuki- Eleanor is the second oldest Wakatsuki child of Mama and Papa.

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