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In the short story, The Warbler in the Grove, Miyake Kaho evidently favors one character over the other. Kaho clearly favors Hideko, a girl that has lost her parents and remains accustomed to the old Japanese culture over Hamako

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Which character does the author favor and how can we see this? In the short story, "The Warbler in the Grove," Miyake Kaho evidently favors one character over the other. Kaho clearly favors Hideko, a girl that has lost her parents and remains accustomed to the old Japanese culture over Hamako, a girl from a wealthy family, who is blinded by her obsession with the West. By juxtaposing the character's behaviors and the way other people view them, Kaho contributes to the understanding of favoring Hideko over Hamako. The two characters behaviors contribute to the understanding of Miyake favoring Hideko over Hamako. Hideko, after losing her parents, has to take up the responsibility for both her brother and herself. ...read more.

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After being influenced by her father, Hamako is blinded by her obsession with the West. Instead of actually "directing the household," she spends her "afternoons at the theater, evenings at soir�es and dance parties." Hamako is a "cheeky devil" that says claims to be taking English lessons but actually "thrusts" her curls under Yamanaka's nose, and "seduces other women's husbands and is smug about it." Furthermore, she treats her family horrendously by "despising" her mother, and never visiting her father's sickbed. She "snorts" at Tsutomu's opinions about her own Japanese culture, and she calls her own culture "pathetic." Evidently, by the characters behaviors, we can see that Hideko is a far better person than Hamako. ...read more.

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Nevertheless, Miyake shows the horrible things people say about Hamako, to express the negativity she has towards her. Miyazaki believes that Hamako's abilities are so "limited," that he has "no idea what will become of her next year." Yamanaka says that Hamako "reeks," she's a "nuisance," and is a "vile foreign creature." All three of these words have negative connotations, which show how horrific of a person she is. Furthermore, Tsutomu, her husband to be says that she is "unlettered" and does not have "enough of an education," therefore he does not want a wife that cannot "acquit her duties efficiently." He also says that she "disgusts" him and leaves him "sick with revulsion," that he could "never marry her." Evidently, by the thoughts other people have about these characters, we can see that Hideko is favored over Hamako. ...read more.

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