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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

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Transcript of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Henry Meets Keiko
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Timeline

Henry Meets
Keiko's Parents
I am Chinese
Henry Feels Keiko's Presence
Explanation of Quote
At that moment when Henry meets Keiko, the mood and atmosphere can help the reader conclude that Henry is attracted to Keiko. When Henry discovers Keiko is Japanese, he is scared, but he feels a connection to her because they share a common conflict, such as their parents wanting them to speak in English.
Explanation of Symbol
When Henry meets Keiko, he feels something he has not felt before. The ladder symbolizes the moment because they both know their friendship will grow to be one not to forget. Henry and Keiko's relationship will be a ladder because they will get to know each other and end up very close at the top, which is makes them dynamic.
Perspective & Importance
Having the perspective of Henry as a child in 1942 gives the reader a greater emotional attachment to the story because the reader feels more connected to Henry if the reader is hearing it first hand, not told as a flashback. The reader can predict that Keiko and Henry's relationship will be of big importance to the story because it will give Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet love and heartbreak, which will lead to a climax that affects the story.
Growing Relationship
"'Henry, this is Keiko- she just transferred to Rainer, but she's from
your
part of town'" (Ford 19).
Quote
"...his father pinned a button to his school shirt that read, 'I am Chinese.' The contrast seemed ubsurd" (Ford 120).
Explanation of Quote
This quote describes the way Henry feels about himself throughout the rest of the story. Henry feels scared of what might happen. Ford uses a misterious tone to display the unsure feelings of Henry's knowledge of what is happening. The Executive Order 9066 states that anyone with any Japanese decent should be taken to an internment camp. Henry is Chinese, but is being sent to an english school so he is losing touch with his culture which is scary but needed. This causes an internal and external conflict for Henry because he is struggling to speak in English and he cannot speak to his parents.
Mask
Explanation of Symbol
Henry is experiencing internal conflicts of being himself, because his dad has made him speak in english and not embrace Chinese culture. The mask symbolizes Henry hiding from anything that could make him seem the slight bit Japanese. Henry and his family are scared and hiding their skin color, like a mask, because a law enforcer could think they were Japanese.
Perspective & Importance
By having this coming from the younger Henry, the reader can relate to the ignorance of World War II conflicts. Henry is not quite sure of what is happening and why he has to wear a button that says "I am Chinese". The reader can go through the emotions Henry is going through with him. Henry having to wear a button impacts the way people look at him because he could be made fun of. This would cause an internal conlfict of Henry having low self esteem.
Quote
"For years he'd walked past the hotel. Decades even- never suspecting anything of value remained... But looking at the boxes he'd yet to search, he felt Keiko's presence" (Ford 76).
Explanation of Quote
Henry has a connection with Keiko. He can feel her near him, because they never let go of eachother spiritually. Henry does not give up on the hotel, he is motivated to find something of Keiko's to have a piece of her again.
Perspective & Importance
The perspective is from Henry as an old man. He is slowly starting to feel more alone which is a big part of the way he feels and tells his flashbacks. Henry is suddenly pulled back in it when he feels Keiko's presence, which is more descriptive being told as an adult, because the reader can tell the longing Henry has had for Keiko for so long. This event is important to the final plot because it displays the connection the reader wants Henry and Keiko to share. This shows that through everything, they are still together in a way.
Explanation of Quote
Henry and Keiko have a bond stronger than most, which is symoblized by the metal chain links. They are unbreakable even after every conflict they went through. As Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet says that Henry kept walking past the hotel over several decades. Keiko and Henry's bond is strong and lasted through it all. Keiko is Henry's motivation to find something that reminds him of her.
Unbreakable Connection
by: Reese Jones class: Purple
Perspective & Importance
Quote
"Then Keiko broke the silence. 'My family is shopping in the market, we'll meet them for lunch.' They raced through the Japanese market to meet her parents... unloading American soldiers and military police with rifles" (Ford 121-124).
Quote Explanation
It is important for Henry to meet Keiko's parents because they have become better friends. Henry is almost like a guardian angel to Keiko. He protects her and makes her feel safe. Keiko feels safe until the government comes at the end of their lunch. When everything was going right, it was almost foreshadowing something bad about to happen.
Symbol Explanation
The perspective of Henry as a young boy is important to remember when he does not quite understand what is happening when Keiko's family finds out they will be taken away by the government. This quote is important because it shows Henry and Keiko's growing relationship. They are becoming closer and closer every time they are together. Keiko introducing Henry to her parents is also a big step, foreshadowing a further connection between them.
Ending Relationship
The dead end sign is a symbol of a sign that their relationship is growing strong, but a warning of it coming to an end. The lunch is a sign of a strong connection, that could soon come tumbling down.
Henry Tells Marty About Keiko
Keiko Leaves For the Internment Camp
Quote
"'He was a
she
. Her name was Keiko. We met as the only two Asian children sent to an all-white prep school-- This was during the height of the war, you know. Each of your parents wanting us to grow up
American
'" (Ford 145).
Symbol Explanation
The symbol of a spark is similar to Marty's emotions. Marty is shocked when he finds out his father has a hidden past. At first, Marty is confused and many ideas are running through his head, then his emotions calm down and he can think about the situation. This most closely symbolizes the spark because like Marty's emotions, it lights up bright, then simmers down.
Importance & Perspective
This scene is important mainly because it creates a dynamic relationship between Henry and Marty. They are able to connect with common events. The perspective of adult Henry makes the scene less reliable because Henry does not have an exact remembrance of his childhood. On the other hand, we are aloud to see into the emotions better of Marty but Henry is still quiet. The scene contributes to the plot by showing the also growing relationship of Henry and Marty.
Quote Explanation
Marty Finding out about Keiko came as a surprise. Marty was upset that Henry had kept something like that from him. Finding out also gives Marty a deeper connecetion with his father, because they have more in common than they both thought.
Marty was "Shocked"
Quote
"Henry wasn't so sure. It was all he'd known growing up. Keiko wrapped her arms around him and whispererd in his ear, 'I won't forget you.' She pinned the button reading 'I am Chinese' to the inside cover of her diary, holding it close" (Ford 135).
Explanation of Symbol
The stormy rain cloud symbolizes the sun being gone in Henry's life, which was Keiko. It made his life sad and lonely. Together they had great memories, and now he knew it would be much harder to see her now. The less Henry sees Keiko, the less sun there is.
Perspective & Importance
This event is important to
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
because it signals the beginning of most of Henry and Keiko's problems dealing with the Japanese Internment Camps, which was put into order in "
The Executive Order 9066
" that we learned about. The youthful perspective is good for this scene, because it shows Henry's young heart and innocent feelings, which would not have been expressed as well if Henry had been older.
Quote Explanation
This quote shows the unbreakable bond between Henry and Keiko. No matter what challenges they face, something will always keep them together such as the "I am Chinese" button in her diary. They will be much different without each other. This foreshadows them coming together again, due to their strong connection.
Henry is Gloomy When
Keiko Leaves
Henry & Keiko Meet Again
Sheldon Tells Henry To Fix It
"I think it's time you fixed it, Henry. But I wasn't talking about that old record. If you can put those broken pieces together, make some music again, then that's what you should do. But I wasn't talking 'bout the record, Henry" (Ford 271).
Quote
Quote Explanation
Henry & Keiko Say Their Final Goodbye
Sheldon is dying and is asking one last thing of Henry. Sheldon tells Henry to "fix it" and Henry is at first confused on what exactly Sheldon means, but is then reminded of what he needs to do. Sheldon telling Henry to "fix it" reflects on all of the choices Henry has made throughout his relationship with Keiko. This foreshadows Henry going to find Keiko and make things right.
Fix It
Symbol Explanation
Henry is told by Sheldon to "fix it," which is why the tools symbolize the event. Henry is guided to fix his wrong decisions, the same way you would fix something that is broken with tools. Henry must restore the broken bond between him and Keiko after all of that time.
Importance & Perspective
This event is important to the plot of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet because it makes the reader think about what Henry has done over the years to realize what he needs to fix. This connects the "Executive Order 9066" to the book to give Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet a historical connection. Henry is shown to be a person of value and he will fix what is needed to be fixed. The perspective of Henry as an adult is better because of the diction and the wiser thoughts of Henry. If this had been when Henry was younger, he may not have realized what was needed to be fixed.
Quote
"He hugged her one more time, then let her go- walking backward, waving, trying not to smile too broadly, but he couldn't help it.
I love her"
(Ford
234).
Quote Explanation
This is the last time Henry will see Keiko in a long while. They have come to terms that this is how it is going to be. Henry realizes that he loves Keiko, and he should after all they have been through together. This shows how strong their relationship is when Henry and Keiko continuously say goodbye. Their relationship is dynamic and has changed to become much stonger throughout their adventures together.
Symbol Explanation
Breaking Apart
Henry and Keiko are finally breaking apart. It will not be the same between them again. They are becoming unattached, like the rope, but will always have a little piece that keeps them together. The breaking rope is an accurate symbol because it shows the wear and tear of Henry and Keiko's relationship and they are still attatched.
Importance & Perspective
This is an important event because it summarizes the endign build up of Henry and Keiko's relationship. They have grown to love eachother, but must stay apart. Henry and Kieko saying goodbye is crucial to the plot considering the event has a lasting effect on their relationship, and their last memory of eachother. The perspective of the young Henry shows whats truly in his heart. He may be young, but through the diction and syntax the reader can see his feelings are true.
Quote
"When he turned around, Keiko was standing there. The grown-up woman Keiko had become- a mother, a widow, an artist" (Ford 285).
Quote Explanation
Henry and Keiko have met again. This is Henry fixing things because of what Sheldon told him to do. They share a peaceful moment at last together again. Henry is ecstatic about finally seeing his beloved Keiko. Henry has realized how Keiko has grown up into a woman. They both must have felt a connection over the years to still feel this way 44 years later. Henry plays the record for Keiko even though it is broken. They share a moment of silence as they connect once again.
Mended Broken Record
Symbol Explanation
The broken record that was fixed actually symbolizes Keiko and Henry's relationship. They have had hard times and have been broken, but the record keeps on playing as their bond together still lasts.
Importance & Perspective
Henry and Keiko meeting once again is the final ending to this historical romance novel. This event shows how their bond has been strong enough to last through the many years. Henry seeing Keiko in her apartment plays a big role in the plot of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet because it wraps up the feelings of them both and the readers question of if Henry and Keiko will ever see eachother again, which they did. The perspective of Henry as an adult has affected this event because of the lack in emotion. Being older and more reserved creates a "cliff hanger" at the end thinking of whether or not Henry and Keiko will stay together.
Henry Is A Stranger
Quote
"His father looked up at him, his mind straining to force his disobedient body into activity. Each movement of his mouth took incredible effort. Just breathing in and out enough to generate sound appeared nearly impossible. Still, his fingers gripped Henry's so slightly it was almost imperceptible. And a single phrase slipped out. '
Saang jan
.' It meant 'stranger.' As in 'You are a stranger to me'" (Ford 207).
Quote Explanation
Henry had a father that was never concerned with beign close with his son. His father was not proud of who he had become because of the actions he did to help Keiko. Henry has had that special father-son relationship missing, which could be why he is so vulnerable to Keiko. This quote basically shows Henry's dad giving up on him.
Importance & Perspective
Stranger
Symbol Explanation
The hat and glasses are accessories that people can wear when someone does not see them, which symbolizes Henry being a stranger to his father. Henry has an internal conflict of self acceptance because of it. Henry is no longer the person his father rasied him to be, which could be a good or bad thing, depending on how Henry mends this relationship.
Henry being a stranger to his dad is an important event because it says a lot about his childhood, which could effect his relationship with Keiko and the decisions he makes. Henry has never felt a father-son bond which can be detrimental to his childhood, which could go from an external conflict to an internal conflict. The perspective of younger Henry allows the reader to see how the crushing words affect his childhoood and the way Henry makes decisions. It also affected how Henry talks to his son. This can be a different reaction because he knows what it feels like to have a bad relationship with his father. The event overall made Henry a better person.
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