Obasan By Joy Kogawa. Chapter By Chapter Analysis With Discussion Questions.

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Chapters 1-8So far, this book seems different than other books I have read. I don't know if it will hold my attention or if it will be very interesting to me. The idea of having a Japanese Canadian is pretty surprising. It seems that the main character Naomi is very close with her uncle. He is old though and reminds her everyone eventually has to die. She pretty much denies that idea as I would too if I heard that coming from someone I loved. Also, her uncle keeps telling her he has something to tell her but she is too young. It makes me wonder what that is.It seems that this author is writing this story through memories and flashbacks. It is hard to tell what is real and what is just a dream. I found on page four this quote, " He does not respond. From both Obasan and Uncle I have learned that speech often hides like and animal in a storm." I really like this because its true, you can be around someone yet there is nothing to say and you are speechless. Whether it is because you are in a fight, someone has died, or maybe you are just intimidated.1. Do you think Uncle will die? (using the foreshadowing)2. How do you like reading a story made up mainly of flashbacks?3. What is your favorite quote so far in the story?1. Chapter five seems important and interesting. Obasan wakes Naomi late at night and brings her to the attic searching for something although Naomi is unaware of what it may be. It seems to relate to the forgotten dead, as Obasan says "Everybody someday dies."2. Chapter six was interesting. This chapter is completely a dream while Naomi Nakane is sleeping. Her dream is of a man and a woman clearing brush and trees. The lady then turns into her aunt and the man appeared as her uncle. When she awakes, Naomi finds the package her aunt Obasan was searching for.1. Overall, I think chapters one through nine hinted at the main plot that is going to become apparent very soon. It seems to me that this is going to be a story of how the Canadian Government treated this family of Japanese people. It also seems like it might show how the main character Naomi has matured throughout her lifetime.Chapters 9-13Throughout these chapters, I am starting to see how the war is affecting the rest of Naomi's family and it is starting to cause problems. Naomi is too young to understand what is happening around her but her brother Stephan os a little older and can piece some of it together. Also, in chapter 11, a man named Mr. Gower seems to take a liking to Naomi and hangs around her more than he should. Naomi is only four. She described an instance when he took her away and into the bathroom to "fix" her knee when it wasn't hurt. There are others, she says, who have treated her in this way but she has felt too shy to speak out. I wonder if this going to cause problems for her in the future.In chapter 12 Naomi's mother gets ready to leave for Japan. Naomi saves rolls of streamers for when her mother returns. She has no doubt that she will return shortly. She...

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