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Life In The Eyes of Henry
By: Tony Nguyen

"Young Henry Lee Stopped talking to his parents when he was twelve years old" (Ford 43).
"He was a polished jazz player, whose poverty had less to do with his musical ability and more to do with color" (Ford 49).
Order 9066
"There were mothers with small children in tow. Old people...Teenagers ran ahead, then they saw the soldiers everywhere. All were carrying suitcases, wearing hats and raincoats. Henry realized... they were all Japanese" (Ford 127).
He Does Not Care
All Grown Up
"His father pointed at the door. "If you walk out that door- if you walk out that door now, you are no longer part of this family" (Ford 199).
"I knew going to a Caucasian school was going to present certain challenges for Keiko, Mr Okabe said. But we tell he, be who you are, no matter at. I warned her that they may never like her, some might even hate her, but eventually, they will respect her- as an American" (Ford 134)
This quote shows how Keiko has stood up to the kids that made fun of her. This quote also made Henry wonder why no one ever explained it to him that way. This quote also shows that Mr. Okabe is a very intelligent man. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. All he wants to prove is that he and his family are American, and nobody could ever change that. The Okabe's are also very prideful and supportive of their country, which is America.
The American flag represents Keiko's family because they are prideful, and they are proud to be American. They also are very supportive, and do whatever needs to be done to support their country.
If this was told when Henry was a adult he would understand why it was so important to be himself. He would also understand why the "I Am Chinese" button was important. Also if he was a adult he would understand why his father made him wear it.
No! You can't ignore me. Not anymore, Henry argued in English before slipping back into Chinese.... The army is taking everybody away! His father handed the proclamation back. Better them than us" (Ford 136)

This quote show how Henry is standing up to his father. The reason for this is because Henry is finally losing something that he loves. This quote also indirectly charaterizes Henry's dad as a person with no emotion. He does not care for people other than himself and family. Henry all his life felt like he was ignored by his dad. He felt the urge to talk to his dad causing him to panic. His father still does not care/
This quote is important because is shows the first time Henry has talking back to his dad in the book. Henry is used to begin ignored by his father, and he can not take it any longer. This shows that Henry is a dynamic character because he talks back to his dad. It shows that he has changed, and now has the ability to talk to his father. Even tho his father still does not care.
This is important because this teaches Henry to be himself, and not someone else. It also teaches him that something he never tought of. All Henry's life he has thought that begin differnt was a bad thing. After Mr. Okabe tells this inspiring speech Henry sees the world differently. He sees that he has some importance, and is proud of begin who he is.
This was told as him as a child. He was angry, so he had more power in his tone and voice. He had a goal set, and was trying to persaude his dad into it. If this was told as Henry when he was a adult he would have more of a calm tone. He would have less power in his voice to make the converation more peaceful and gentle.
Henry is a balloon because ballons hold in stuff. Henry has been holding his emotions in from his parents ever since was when to Rainer. When Henry can not hold in his emotions anymore he explodes. Just like when a balloon pops.
"Maybe if he spoke his American, he wouldn't have to say anything at all" (Ford 254)
This quote has been put through out the book. Henry says this as a excuse to himself. Whenever he does something bad that is what he always says. The reason he says that is because he does not want to feel guilty to himself for not telling his parents. The excuse works because it is true. His parents do not know English, and that is why it works.
This is important to the book because it indirectly characterizes Henry as a person that does not like to get in trouble. He has excuses for everything, and since his parents do not understand english Henry will always get away with it.
If Henry was a adult when this happened he would have not hide this from his parents. He would be more mature, and know better. He would be less guilty with himself because he got something off his shoulder.

This quote is important because it shows how Henry sticks up to his father. He cares more for Keiko's valueables than his dads rules. He disobeys his family causing him to be a disgrace. This shows that Henry is a dynamic character because he is talking back to his father. He usually follows his dad's rules. Henry has grown up, and now can make is own decisions.
This quote was told when Henry as a kid. He does not know much about his father, and why he hates Japanese people. Causing him to understand why his dad does not like Keiko even though she is American just like Henry. If this was told as Henry as a adult he would be more mature about it. He would understand why his dad hates Japanese people. He would also understand that his dad a hard life as a child because of the Japanese people.
The turtle is the symbol for this because Henry is the turtle. All his life he had hid, and never talked to his parents. Just like when a turtle hides under their shell when they are scared. Henry now talks back to his father. He does not follows his dad's rules and now is more independent. Just like when a turtle pops out of its shell.
"She put her head in her hands, rubbing her temples. Rocking back and forth. "You are stubborn. Just like your father." "He made me what I am."m Henry hated saying it, but is was true wasn't it?" (Ford 258).
This quote is important because it shows how Henry got his personality. Father like son. He stands up for what he believe for. First he stands to his father. Now he stands up to his mother. He tells her in a gentle way telling her that his father made him who he is. This directly charaterizes Henry as a stubborn person. It also directly charaterizes Henry's father a stubborn person. Henry's mom cares for Henry. Even trying her best for him even though her husband does not let her. Indirectly charaterizing her as a caring and kind person.
If this was told as Henry as a adult he would be more mature to his mom. This was told as Henry as a kid causing him to have a childish response. He thinks his dad made him that way. Which is not quite true. Sometimes he does not follow his dad's instructions. It is also true because his dad has done so much for him in his life. Like the school he goes to.
He Fixed It.
“You fixed it, didn’t you?” Henry spoke with quiet resignation, unable
to feel anger toward his dying father. He wanted to feel it, but
unlike his father, he wouldn’t allow himself to be defined by hatred.
“You used your position with the benevolent associations and fixed it
so that my letters never made it to Keiko. So that hers never got
delivered. That was your doing somehow, wasn’t it?” (Ford 281).

This is important because this could of changed the story. If Henry's dad did not interfere with Henry and Keiko they could of had a chance. Henry's father doing this caused Henry to feel depressed when Keiko did not write back. This event is also important because it caused Henry and Ethel to get married. This indirectly charaterizes Henry's father as rude because he messed with Henry's love life. He also just wanted the best for his son.
This is told as Henry as a teen. He understands little why his dad went through all this trouble just to not let them be together. He just thinks his dad is doing cause he knows what is best for Henry. If this was told as Henry as a adult he would understand more why his dad took these actions to prvent him and Keiko's love. Henry knows his father did it for the best, and never meant to hurt him.
This quote shows how Henry and his parents were not close but stilled loved each ohter. This might foreshadow how Henry will treat his son in the future. The theme of this could be how the effects of a parents behavior can reflect on their children.
This is told as Henry as a child. He understands little about why he can not talk to his parents. He only could talk them in American. Henry thinks it is for the best, and that is why he does it. If this was told as Henry as a adult he would understand why his parents made him do this. He would be mature enough to understand.
The wall is a symbol of Henry and his parents relationship. Henry and his parents are blocked off from each other. His parents do not know much English to understand Henry. They also do not want him to speak Chinese scared of him begin called Japanese.
This quote is important because it shows that anybody that was not white was less important, and did not have the capability to do what a white person could do. This quote shows how not only the Japanese were oppressed but also blacks. This is important because Henry notices that everyone that was not white was begin disriminated. Henry finding this out made him fit in. He thought he was the only one begin discriminated, but there are others that are too.
This is told by the narrator. The narrator is saying that everyone is begin discrimnated. If this was told as Henry as a child he would know less about this stuff that is going, so the reader would not know what is going on. If this was told as Henry as a adult he would know more about discrimnation.
This symbol shows how a prisoner is held back by cell bars like how Sheldon is held back by his race/skin color. Sheldon does not care what people think about him. He just cares about his music.
This is important because this is the Executive Order 9066. The soldiers are gathering all the Japanese people, and are sending them to interment camps. The Executive Order stated that all Japanese ancestry were sent to the camps. Even the second generation like Keiko.
This is told as Henry as a child. He knows nothing about the camps. He just sees people getting taken away. Until he notices that they are all Japanese causing him to freak out. If this was told as Henry as a adult he would know about it. He would not panic and would stay calm.
The Nazi's also did something similar to the Executive Order 9066. They gathered all the Jews and took them to camps. Instead of keeping them till the end the Jews were burned. The Executive Order 9066 were less harsh and were better. Japanese were treated better than the Jews.
Sheldon Dying
"Henry nodded. "I fixed it." And soon, I'm going to fix everything...Sheldon opened his eyes again. Henry was there, Marty and Samantha too.
This is important because it shows that Henry now is responible enough. He is trying to fix the record, but it can not be fixed. He also is going to try to fix his relationship with Keiko. He knows what he is doing and is moving on. What he means by I will fix is he is going to fix what he and Keiko had.
This is told when Henry is a adult. He understands mostly everything that is happening to him. If this was told as Henry as a kid, he would be super childish. Henry has been thorugh a lot. Ethel has passed, and now it is Sheldon's time to go.
A mule is known to be incredibably stubborn. The mule represnts Henry and his father. The mule reprents them because they are both stubborn. Henry and his dad do not like each other but they love each other as family. Even though they do not show it.
The symbol is a bomb. Henry's dad is the bomb because he sabotaged Henry's and Keiko's relationship. He explodes causing them to be farther apart from each other. Him doing this causes Henry's relationship to be ruined. The theme could be how your father only wants the best for you. This is the theme because Henry's dad cares for him,and want the best for him
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