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James A Michener is often regarded as a literary outsider Despite his vast works that have sold millions of copies and delighted readers everywhere his blunt approach to literature has brought him much criticism Despite his lack of many literary vehicles to convey his ideas his works do contain several universal and underlying themes These themes can often be applied to our lives and thought processes to benefit us for the better One of Micheners most apparent and perennial underlying themes is on the issue of race As literary critic Pearl K Bell has said He Michener tries to improve their the readers hearts by exposing the torment and destruction caused by racial intolerance Stine and Marowski ed 29 314 Michener himself has said that one of his major themes has been man as a brother to all other men The World is My Home 507 In This Noble Land My Vision for America Michener says No aspect of our society causes me greater apprehension than the lamentable state of our race relations 49 Indeed Michener has seen racial tensions as a great trouble in our society and has written his works to deal with such The theme of race first comes up in Micheners debut novel Tales of the South Pacific In Our Heroine Nellie Forbush a nurse from Little Rock Arkansas falls in love with a French planter who has eight illegitimate mixed-race children She has trouble accepting these nigger children because of her Southern roots but in the end she overcomes this prejudice and accepts the children as her own In Fo Dolla Lieutenant Joe Cable falls in love with an island girl but he is not allowed to marry her because of military regulations and American prejudice Day 36-54 The theme of overcoming racial tensions is central in Sayonara In this novel an army major is sent to Japan for rest and recovery during the Korean War and while there he
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