Literary Analysis Of Julia Otsuka's When The Emperor Was Divine
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In this literary analysis, I will talk about two stories which they are similar to each other from a point of view of an author and a story's point of view and to see the differences from one another. One of the stories that will be discussed is a novel from Julia Otsuka entitled When the Emperor Was Divine. This book will then be compared to the short story Welcome Signs by James Tate. First, I will discuss how Julia Otsuka uses elements from the other story James Tate’s story in order to provide a comparison.
Julia Otsuka’s book was easily accessible to the reader and used simple language to get straight to the point. In one of the reviews about her book, they describe it by saying:
It's a chapter of American history that still sits uneasily on the conscience of the nation. While preparations were made to surviving internees in the early 1990's, the question remains: How did it happen? And a crucial step in answering that question is to ask: What did it feel like? In her canny, muted first novel, Julie Otsuka – a young California-born writer now living in New York – imagines just that. (Upchurch 1)
The novel uses a lot of this imagery to describe what is happening around the family as the story progresses. In some of the chapters, the reader is shown enough imagery that they understand what some of the characters are going through—whether the mother and the father, the son or the daughter. The problem with this book for many readers is that you don't