Finding Meaning In John Masumoto's 'Raisin'

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Another instance, of many, where Masumoto indulges the reader in scientific facts is when he examines his grapevines for diseases. Along with peaches, Masumoto also raises grapes in order to make raisins. Masumoto finds that grapes are increasingly hard to raise, as the shape of the vines often trap moisture. He will start to lift the vines in order to find signs of mildew. Masumoto claims that “mildew…invade[s] a vineyard…and grow[s], infecting tissue and scarring the surfaces, stunting berries and cracking the skin” (Masumoto 57). A surface reading easily overlooks this additional fact that Masumoto provides. He discusses the harm that mildew can cause to grapes if they are not looked after properly. While this does relate to farming, this

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