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Copy of Copy of The Narrative Strategies of Snow Falling on Cedars

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Jordan Carstairs

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Transcript of Copy of Copy of The Narrative Strategies of Snow Falling on Cedars

Character Development
Context to the Trial
Building Atmosphere
Limited Point of View
Development of Mystery
The Story and Trial
-Story Expands with the Trial
-Develops the Element of Mystery
-Enters Mindset of Post-War Racism
The Narrative Use of Setting
-The Courthouse
-Ishmael and Hatsue's Cedar Tree
-Character Development
-Context to the Trial
-Building the Atmosphere of a Courtroom Mystery
The Narrative Strategies of Snow Falling on Cedars
Main Plot: The Trial of Kabuo
-The Incorporation of Setting
-Limited POV
The implementation of a diverse narrative structure throughout Kabuo’s trial shows the racial and discriminatory profiling that was being used towards Japanese-Americans. Without the use of setting, limited point of view, and the flashbacks provided the book would fail to create a coming-of-age story towards the characters surrounding the trial and to create an effective portrayal of post-war racism.
The Snowstorm's Impact
The Courthouse
Ishmael and Hatsue's Tree
"Ever time I saw him, there he'd be with his eyes narrowed at me. You know, watchin', glarin'"
(Guterson 104)
The Perspective of Post-War Racism
"Living among the hakujin has tainted you, made your soul impure, Hatsue"
(Guterson 151)
“Clearly demarcated temporal distinctions like “then” and “now”—the hallmarks of a linear narrative—run counter to the nuances of this project. Instead, Guterson... employ[s] shifts in character perspective, juxtaposed moments in time, and deliberate confusions in the narrator's subjectivity" (McKay)
The storm winds battered the courtroom windows and rattled them in their casements so vigorously it seemed the glass would break. For three days and nights citizens in the gallery had listened to the wind beat against their houses and echo violently inside their ears as they struggled against it to make their way to and from the courthouse"
(Guterson 291)
-Dark & Gloomy

-Symbolic Towards the Trial

-Similar Setting to Carl's Fishing Boat?
Does Nature Act as a Form of Healing for Ismael?
"It tells two stories: the murder trial of Kazuo Miyamoto... [and] a love story glimpsed in dream-like flashbacks... a love...that is later doomed by circumstances of war and bigotry" (Hart 385)
-Flashbacks Revealed the Trial's Characteristics
-Racist/Discriminatory Atmosphere
Works Cited:
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Each character appraches the stand with a unconcious bias. How the story develops relies on a continuous give and take mindset in finding the truths and lies in their examinations.
How does Guterson use the narrative structure of flashbacks to create a more poetic ending?
(Character development, love, justice, etc.)
Guterson, David. Snow Falling on Cedars. Harcourt Brace & Company, 1994.

Hart, Curtis W., et al. "Reviews: Books and Films." Journal of Religion & Health,
vol. 39, no. 4, Dec. 2000, p. 367.

McKay, Daniel. "Captive Memories: Articulate Vs. Disarticulated Silences in
David Guterson's "Snow Falling on Cedars" and Wendy Catran's "The Swap." Comparative Literature Studies, vol. 50, no. 4, Dec. 2013, pp. 643-669.

Neumann, Donna C. "Silent Stories of a Special Place." English Journal, vol. 86,
no. 6, Oct. 1997, p. 112.


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