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Foil Characters Hatsue And Chiyoko

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The foil characters Hatsue and Chiyoko portray stereotypes throughout The Sound Of Waves to help us get a better understanding of the modernization of the Japanese culture. Hatsue is characterized as a humble, rich, young girl who fell in love with a guy of a lower social class despising her father’s expectations. Hatsue shows the old Japanese culture by diving for pearls during pearl season. Women were said to be the best pearl divers because they were known to go deeper and for a longer period of time underwater. This characterizes women as being strong, which is what Hatsue shows throughout the book when her dad makes her stop seeing Shinji. In contrast, Chiyoko is characterized as an insecure, smart girl who shows the modern Japanese culture
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