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  1. "Discus the themes touched upon in the extract and the language used - How relevant is this passage to the rest of the novel?"

    "It goes forever," says Ishmael but there seems to be conflict between the issues "it ends somewhere". "It doesn't end it meets another one and pretty soon the water is back and mixes together" It's the "mixes" part of this quotation that is relevant to the rest of the novel because it brings up the subject of r****m. Perspectives of discrimination differ from these two individuals because of their different cultural background. Hatsue is basically the alien in the world of Ishmael's country.

    • Word count: 614
  2. What do we learn, and what can we inferabout Hatsue and Ishmael’s relationship from chapters 7 and 8?

    breaks, and Hatsue wanting to be patient dig away at the foundations to reach a better goal, not just for the short term. Then in the conversation they have on the oceans, the roles, to me, have been reversed, Ishmael seeing the oceans as one big ocean with different areas, and Hatsue seeing the oceans as not just different areas but as different temperatures, colour, and amounts of salt. Ishmael says you cannot tell a change when you cross them, Hatsue knows they are different colours and should be considered different because of this.

    • Word count: 950
  3. How Effective an Introduction to the novel is in Chapter 1?

    his readers can interpret this to mean that the citizens lives are boring, and simple. Also, the phrase "sluggish radiators" can be interpreted to mean that their lives are slow working. He gives us the impression that the island has a close knit community; the courtroom was "cramped", the citizens also seemed to have attended the trial as an act of respect towards all those that have been affected by the whole event. He also uses the introduction to introduce the type of people that inherit the island, "two truck farmers, a retired crabber, a bookkeeper, a carpenter..."etc.

    • Word count: 744
  4. Consider the Way the Writer Presents the Character of Hatsue in “Snow Falling on Cedars”

    This helps the reader understand her perspective and frame of mind as the novel proceeds. As a character Hatsue is torn between two sets of social perspectives. As we later learn she drawn towards Ishmael because he represents one set of values. It could be likened to the fabled "American Dream" which is prominent in many novels. The American Dream signifies the freedom of choice without prejudice and that everyone has their individuality. On the other side of the divide is the traditional Japanese way of life.

    • Word count: 840

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