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Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson is an emotional story about the life of a man who could not move on and a woman who could The man Ishmael is hopelessly in love with the woman Hatsue Ishmael holds on to Hatsue even after he gains the knowledge that it is extremely improbable that he can ever be with her Why can not they be together It is racism and cultural differences which doom Ishmael and Hatsues love How can these two different people come together Ishmael and Hatsue meet when they are children They form the idea that they love each other through their limited knowledge and through their adolescent view of relationships Hatsue and Ishmael share a very close friendship for many years from the time of childhood to their teens when the two became extremely close Their relationship doesnt beyond a pure friendship until one day Ishmael kisses Hatsue when they are fourteen I like youIve always liked you99 Ishmael says to Hatsue However in a time where inter racial marriages are considered heinous by both cultures their love has already been determined futureless Hatsue is aware of this much more earlier than Ishmael The racial differences between them are the insurmountable barrier For Ishmael the love is real since the love comes from the pure friendship After their first kiss He decided then that he would love her forever no matter what came to pass100 Ishmael looks forward to meeting her in the hollow cedar tree goes out of his way to see her even if she does not see him He thinks of her no matter what he is doing He tells to himself that it their love must go on forever 100 It is because his cultural background encourages his romantic notion He also believes that Hatsue feels the same He felt certain of this He felt certain Hatsue
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