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Hitler a fanatic in almost everyones book has killed and tortured millions during the years he led Germany however this does not mean all Germans are fanatics so why were the Japanese-Canadians ostracized in Canada during and after World War II Racism and racial conflict have caused great turmoil all over the world for centuries events such as the Holocaust are very well know but the dark past of Canada is not In the time of our grandfathers during and after World War II the Japanese-Canadians were being mistreated by the white Canadians and the Canadian government In Joy Kogawas novel Obasan Ms Kogawa tells us the story of Naomis family through a series of letters written by her Obasan which means Aunt in English The theme of Ms Kogawas novel was racism and she portrayed what the Japanese-Canadians went through using animals insects and Aunt Emilys documents and letters Throughout Obasan there were several occasions where Ms Kogawa had animals in situations similar to what the Japanese-Canadians had to deal with after World War II In one part of the novel there is a kitten trapped underneath an outhouse the kitten cries day after day not quite dead unable to climb out and trapped in the outhouse The maggots are crawling in its eyes and mouth Its fur covered in feces 172 describes what the white Canadians did to the Japanese-Canadians The Canadian government tried to get rid of the Japanese-Canadians by sending them to concentration camps and ghost towns the outhouse in the imagery and ignored the letters of protest that they received like the cats mewing By sending the Japanese away the government was hoping the Japanese-Canadian community would be forgotten and diminish Another form of animal imagery that Ms Kogawa uses is the hen and the chick near the beginning of the novel the main character Naomi places a little chick inside a cage that contained a hen Suddenly without
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