Snow Falling on Cedars Essay

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“Ishmael……. Understood this too: that accident ruled every corner of the universe except the chambers of the human heart” explain the importance of this as the conclusion of the novel The text concludes with two summations. Firstly, that human hearts are unknowable, therefore one can never fully know another’s hearts desires. Secondly “accident ruled every corner of the universe”, thus we can never fully control what we are going to do as fate has a way of disrupting our plans. This is contrasted with the human heart, which is powered by an individual’s determination and will. The use of the word “chambers” echoes directly with three major themes of the text, these being; the chambers of the heart, the chambers of the judge’s…show more content…
The quotation infers that it is fate which affects the human heart. It is fate that Ishmael comes across the information of the freight ship, whilst looking for information on the storm. It is no accident that Ishmael turns in his information from the coast guard’s report. By showing Hatsue this report, Ishmael can provide some conformity of justice in his war torn world, while instantaneously proving his love for Hatsue. This is evident in the way Ishmael revealed his information from the coast guard. Ishmael did not go to the judge who presided over the trial, or even the lawyer representing Kabuo, but went straight to Hatsue, so Hatsue would know that it was he who saved her husband’s life. Also by showing this information to Hatsue, Ishmael wanted to receive praise from Hatsue for doing this, which he was given “when you’re old and thinking back on things, I hope you’ll remember me just a little.”, and Hatsue replied to this “I will.” The quotation has great importance as the conclusion of the text, as it shows that fate has a significant impact on people’s lives and that the heart always has reason. “Ishmael understood this too: that accident ruled every corner of the universe except the chambers of the human heart”. The ‘chambers’ of the human heart parallels directly with the chambers of the cedar tree, where Hatsue and Ishmael consummate
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