Major Works Data Sheet Essay

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Major Works Data Sheet Summer Reading English II Name: Alyssa Torres Title of Book: Obasan Author: Joy Kogawa Date of publication: 1981 – Lester & Orpen Dennys Genre: Fiction/ Literature/ Asian Studies Point of View: First Person Possible Themes: (Identify five possible themes for discussion). Theme is a central message or insight into life revealed by literary work. 1. Racism 2. Remembering vs. Ignorance 3. The Benefits of Silence Identify external and internal conflicts: (Provide specific examples of each) One Internal conflict in Obasan was how Naomi had a very hard time accepting her painful past. Another internal conflict was how she finally found out, in the end, what had happened to her mother. For example:…show more content…
2. Page# 151 “…We must always honor the wishes of others before our own. We will make the way smooth by restraining emotion . . . To try to meet one’s own needs in spite of the wishes of others is to be “wagamama”—selfish and inconsiderate . . . It is such a tangle trying to decipher the needs and intents of others…” Significance: The significance of this quote is that Naomi channels the voice of Obasan, and her other traditional relatives, in this explanation of what it means to be wagamama versus what it means to be generous and selfless. According to her characterization, it is important to be emotionally restrained not for the sake of your own dignity, but for the sake of other people’s happiness. 3. Page# 232 “…Aunt Emily, are you a surgeon cutting at my scalp with your folders and your filing cards and your insistence on knowing all? The memory drains down the side of my face, but it isn’t enough, is it? It’s your hands . . . pulling the growth from the lining of my walls, but bring back the anesthetist turn on the ether clamp down the gas and bring on the chloroform…” Significance: The significance of this quote describes how Naomi can no longer tolerate her Aunt’s constant nitpicking to remember her childhood. In chapter 29, she goes on a rant and is no longer concerned with suppressing her emotions for the comfort of those around her. Although she is furious, she isn’t necessarily directing her anger at her aunt—it’s
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