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Traveling Through "The Samurai's Garden" Essay

865 words - 4 pages

The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama is a story about Stephen's journey in Tarumi. During the time this tale takes place, many conflicts arise; often with parallels. As we fly through the various events in the novel, we see how the characters have a bumpy ride ahead of them.The first stop is Stephen and Sachi. Sachi was a beautiful, gentle, and genial woman who was unfortunately sidelined with leprosy, a form of tuberculosis. Before she caught leprosy, "she was... one of the most beautiful girls in all of Tarumi, perhaps all of Japan" (Tsukiyama, 28)! Sachi found that her disease caused her much turbulence in all aspects of her life. Not only did she suffer from a granulomatous illness, ...view middle of the document...

"The disease changed everything" (49) between Kenzo and Sachi, and therefore the love triangle that these three partook in, was one of multiple conflicts.The characters in this tale often find that their situations relate to other passengers as well, but one parallel conflict that became apparent as we board the novel is of the changes and conflicts in the outside world verses the internal changes and conflicts that Matsu faces. During this time period, Japan, where Stephen was now living, and China, where Stephen was from, were seated on opposite sides of World War II. In 1941, Japan attacked the United States through Pearl Harbor and quickly became an appeased country, while China joined the Allied side. "Japan," Matsu explained, "is like a young woman who thinks too much of herself. She's bound to get into trouble" (17). Japan indeed did face many conflicts and stages of transitioning during this war, but just as Japan faced its own external issues, the story shifts gears and tells us of Stephen's internal conflicts. Stephen faced many different challenges. For one, he...

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