Symbolic Nature In Snow Falling On Cedars By David Guterson

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Nature. Nature exists ever since the beginning of time when God created earth. Nature shaped and molded mankind in its cultures, societies, and philosophies over the course of nature’s existence. Nature influenced people’s way of living, the way they act and react, the way people view what they see, the way they think, and the way people learn and believe for centuries. People used nature in designing their art. People crafted art in forms of music, paintings, and literature overflowing with imagery, atmospheric tones and moods, symbols, and themes influenced by nature. David Guterson too used nature to mold and shape his novel, Snow Falling on Cedars. Guterson was able to make is themes ...view middle of the document...

The symbolic use of the snow storm made the recurring theme of prejudice evident in Guterson’s plot. The snow storm or bitter tensions was, in a sense, cornering Kabuo Miyamoto and Nels Gudmundsson to a point where it seemed that there was almost no escape from calamity or tragedy.
While on the topic of no escape, Ishmael Chambers and Hatsue Imada had a similar situation. They were supposedly in love with each other. However they thought their neighbors would not approve and criticize Ishmael and Hatsue’s relationship. They could stumble upon only one place to conceal their relationship form the outside community. That place was the cedar tree. The cedar tree became a safe haven or sanctuary where it was safe to express their love together without criticism that they would receive if they openly expressed their relationship. However, when the cedar tree can be seen as a sanctuary, it can also very well be interpreted as a prison where Ishmael and Hatsue do not have freedom to freely reveal their love to everyone. Their love cannot flourish in the midst of racism, prejudice, criticism, and overall disapproval that people will feel and show when they...

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