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Obasan is an autobiographical novel a story about the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II The book is narrated by Naomi Nakane a second generation Japanese Canadian who was six years old at the time of the internment The silence the lost of family and the racism all intertwine with the internment At first Naomi was borned in a comfortable Vancouver home She was protected by family warmth and filled with music Because of the war Naomis mother went to Japan for a visit and were trapped there by the outbreak Naomis family in Canada was scattered by governmental fiat Her father uncle and her grandparents were vanished from her life Naomi grew up with her obasan and uncle Because she was separated from her parents at an earlier age she was sexual abuse Naomi need her parents protection Love is something that every child experiences Naomis innocence was ruined and violated into silence by the internment and the lost of family In the novel there were some metaphors related to young animals and things In chapter 11 Naomis parents bought a dozen yellow chicks The chicken referred to Naomis feeling of helpless when the chicks were attacked by the mother hen On her way to school a kitten thrown in a cesspool and she saw Japanese schoolboys tortured a chickren were images of aimless These metaphors described Naomis silent pain the trust the fascination the helpless and the wearisome All of these things also related to a child at that time The war had a horrible effect on the Japanese Canadian People were denying their heritage Keep your eyes down when you are in the city do not look into anyones face That way they may not see you That way you offend less P183 Naomi was Japanese her
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