The era of world War II, was not only a time in which people lost
their lives because of war, but it was also a time in which discrimination
of other races occurred. One of which were the Japanese Canadians; this
people were brutally taken away from their homes and transferred to
interment camps. This was done because of a fear that Japanese Canadians
would executive a surprise attack on Canadian territory, like Japanese in
Pearl Harbor. Joy Kogawa’s Obasan is a novel written about the experience
Japanese Canadians faced throughout their journey to internment camp; from
the perspective of a little girl. From the vivid imagery and unique
structure of the novel, Joy demonstrates both the negative and positive
aspects of her journey to the unknown camp.
Sub thesis..Having been taken away from home, put in box car full of
people, and not know where she was going to end up; joy goes through a
negative period in her life.
“an overlanden with weeping” Negative experience of leaving home
“the black soot leaps and settles like insects” The YUCKY!! Picture that
everyone is covered in Carbon waste. This is negative because they didn’t
have the essentials like water and soap to wash themselves. Poor health
“I can barely hear its high steady cry in the clackity clak and steamy hiss
of the train” This example demonstrates how unpleasant the ride was. The
loud noises, cats crying,
Sub Thesis..Uncertain of what is in store from her journey to the
camp, Joy maintains a positive attitude.