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Choose characters and examine how they have been presented in the novel thus far - 'Snow Falling On Cedars'.

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  • Submitted: 28/06/2004
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GCSE David Guterson

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Choose characters and examine how they have been presented in the novel thus far

The story, 'Snow Falling On Cedars,' is unveiled through regular flashbacks from the perspective of both minor and major characters. Guterson has structured the novel in such a way that once characters are introduced, described and portrayed in public circumstances, they are further developed through flashbacks of memory and thought. Characters such as Ishmael Chambers, Carl Heine and Hatsue Miyamoto become well-rounded as Guterson's third-person narrative unveils them.

The way the characters are viewed from so many perspectives is a key element in making the novel so vivid, detailed and heartbreakingly believable. The characters in the novel are well - rounded and the major themes, though there are many, are easily grasped because of the complex structures and changing perspectives. The plot is a captivating 'whodunit,' but what is most interesting about the book are the characters. From Ishmael, a man who suffers from the scars of love and war, to the proud and beautiful Hatsue, the reader is presented with a spectrum of complex and realistic characters; some heroic, some villainous but most are somewhere in between.

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