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How is the flashback technique used in Obasan?

Kogawa uses the flashback technique in Obasan as a way to reclaim both subjective and communal notions of identity. Naomi has to go back into her own past and understand aspects of her own...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2014 9:05 pm UTC

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What are some quotations that support the theme of silence in Obasan?

Naomi Nakane, the protagonist of the book, lives quietly in Canada while her Japanese-Canadian family members try not to speak about what happened during the war. In the excerpt that begins the...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2017 9:13 pm UTC

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What does Naomi's dream in Chapter 6 of Obasan foreshadow?

Naomi had a dream that she and a man with her come upon another couple, unknown to them, in a forest on a mountain. Together the four labor at an unnamed task. The a big animal that looks like it's...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2010 5:33 am UTC

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Where was Naomi‘s mother throughout the novel Obasan?

Obasan is a novel by Joy Kogawa that takes an intensely personal look at the lives of Japanese immigrants during and after the period of time when they were forcibly kept in internment camps in...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2018 1:47 am UTC

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Can you give me a thesis statement and outline for an essay on Obasan?

I would suggest that Naomi being poised between both aunts is a powerful conception as to how one deals with hurt and betrayal. Aunt Emily is vocal, the word warrior, and is angry, determined to...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2009 5:09 am UTC

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Why is the title of the book "Obasan"?

In Japanse, "Obasan" is a respectful name for "aunt". The title refers to the main character Naomi's aunt, Ayako Nakano, who is the spiritual center of the book. Obasan, who...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2008 1:07 am UTC

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What is the secret concerning Naomi's mother in Obasan?

The secret that concerns Naomi's mother revolves around her absence and why she never returned to Naomi. For so long, it had been something that was never fully addressed or answered for Naomi, a...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2012 4:16 am UTC

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In Joy Kogawas's Obasan, Stephen says to Naomi "It is a riddle...We are both the enemy and not the enemy" (p.67,...

Stephen's idea of hate and self- hate help to explain why there is so much intensity of emotions from a social and psychological level in the work. Stephen's ideas of being both the "enemy" and...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2012 11:51 pm UTC

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What is the importance of the issue of motherhood in Kogawa's "Obasan"?

"Obasan" means "Aunt" in Japanese. Motherhood is represented by the titular character of Aya, and the significance of it is shown in the impact of Aya on the main character, Naomi Nakane. Aya is a...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2019 1:52 pm UTC

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Using Obasan by Joy Kogawa and The Wars by Timothy Findley, discuss how language shapes the representation of the...

In Obasan, the language derives from the main character Naomi. She’s the first-person narrator, so she holds the power to choose the words that shape her own character and the characters she...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2020 6:03 pm UTC

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Can someone give me few points comparing between the book, "Obasan" by Joy Kogawa and the movie "The Hurt Locker."...

This is a fairly interesting and divergent connection. There is an elemental link in the presence of both sets of characters trying to make things right that have gone awfully wrong. Through...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2010 8:37 pm UTC

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Identify the key social groups portrayed in "Obasan."

The social groups portrayed in this novel are on sliding scales from ethno-centric to accepting. On one side is Grandma Kato and Old Man Gower; on the other side, Naomi and Bill. Racism and fear...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2009 10:02 am UTC

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What are some of the recurring symbols or patterns of imagery?  

Spiders are a recurring symbol in Obasan. They represent memory, an important theme in the story. It's notable that when Aunt Aya—the Obasan of the title—goes up to the attic to find a box of...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2018 9:12 am UTC

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Where is this quote? " 'Please tell me about Mother,' I would say as a child to Obasan. I was consumed by the...

Obasan is a novel written by Joy Kogawa that tells the story of a Japanese Canadian woman who lived in an internment camp during World War II. Obasan is the Japanese word for "aunt." The adult...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2020 4:57 pm UTC

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Describe the destructive nature of war in the movie "The Hurt Locker" and book "Obasan" by Joy Kogawa.

The Hurt Locker and Obasan are as different as night and day when it comes to war, and I don't see many similarities regarding the destruction of war between them--at least the "destructive nature...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2010 12:26 am UTC

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What does scapegoating have to do with Obasan?

The previous post was very strong. The idea of scapegoating plays a major role in the context of the history surrounding the book as well as in the personal identity of Naomi. On one hand, the...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2010 9:25 pm UTC

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Point out examples from Aunt Emily’s diaries and news clippings, and explain how the change in society effects both...

The writing prompt you have been given seems to fall into a natural three-point outline: I. The Canadian society's conflicting views of Japanese-born citizens II. The effects of society's views...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2009 6:00 am UTC

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Which of the following words have strong positive connotations in Obasan: unfurling, ornate, mazes, harvesting,...

To me, only a few of these words have strong connotations that are positive. I would say that Unfurling might fit. It has a connotation of opening up in a very active way, like a sail, ready to...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2010 10:25 pm UTC

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