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Pearl Harbor Echoes in Seattle reveals Monica Sones account of the effects caused by the bombing of Pearl Harbor As a Japanese-American Sone discloses the tragedy of the event and how it effected her family and friends One major theme in the story is the irony of being American and being treated with injustice and inequality Because of the incident at Pearl Harbor Sones family underwent prejudice for being Japanese Sone and her siblings physically looked Japanese but were born in America Being born between two cultures Sone writes about her inner and outer conflict with being treated as an alien and enemy in her own native country Sone successfully portrays this theme through irony She creates irony by using contrasting devices and dialogue Though contrast and dialogue Sone creates a clear voice to convey her central theme Sone uses irony to create vivid contrasts that make her story more dynamic She begins the story with an opening sentence that creates contrasting suspense She writes On a peaceful Sunday morning December 7 1941 Henry Sumi and I were at choir rehearsal singing ourselves hoarse in preparation for the annual Christmas recital 122 Sone sets up a voice that suggests that the peaceful Sunday morning is a prelude to a climactic event The specific date of the bombing of Pearl Harbor adds to the irony of such horrific event beginning so peacefully Like a movie using silence to prepare the viewer for the surprise Sone uses the word peaceful to create the dramatic contrast to whats to come in the story Another example of Sones use of irony is when she describes her brother Henry driving after she and Henry find out the bombing of Pearl Harbor She states Usually Henry was a careful driver but that morning he bore down savagely on the accelerator Boiling angry he shot us up Twelfth Avenue rammed through the busy Jackson Street intersection
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