Farewell To Manzanar Questions and Answers
by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, James D. Houston

Start Your Free Trial

In Farewell to Manzanar, what were the effects of the camps on Jeanne?

Expert Answers info

Hollis Sanders eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2019

write1,002 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

The effect that the camp has on Jeanne is her loss of profound connection with her family. Jeanne's father was a proud and dignified man who abandoned everything to come to America due to what he perceived as a decline in the samurai class. When he returns from his year long internment at Fort Lincoln, he is a man who has been disgraced and has fallen into deep depression. He drinks frequently and becomes abusive, almost hitting his wife until he is stopped by his son.

Jeanne's mother, too, becomes increasingly hopeless about the situation in Manzanar. Having her dignity taken away by the non-partitioned toilets, her shame and misery drive her away from her family. The family soon stops dining together completely, and Jeanne begins sharing experiences with other people at the camp. Disoriented and disillusioned, she even suffers sunstroke one day while imagining herself as a saint in ecstasy.

Jeanne's reaction to the camp can be seen as one of sad resignation. She is accepting of her...

(The entire section contains 3 answers and 580 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

David Morrison eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2017

write12,127 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Law and Politics

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write16,848 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial