Snow Falling on Cedars Theme Essay

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Sam Derby
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Snow Falling on Cedars

In life, there are so many joys, sorrows, challenges, and complications of a loving relationship. The novel Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson has many examples of these complications. The relationships between Carl Heine and his wife, Kabuo and Hatsue, and most importantly Ishmael and Hatsue are three instances of the troubles can throw at you while you are trying to maintain a loving relationship.

Susan Marie Heine hears the news on September 16, 1954. She finds that her husband was never coming home from his last fishing trip because he had been found floating in the net of his boat the previous night. In the book, the reader learns that Carl and Susan’s relationship was more a sexual connection than anything. We learn how love can often be confused with lust, and that emotions can get mixed up when you interact with someone so closely. Sex is as close as one can get with another and emotionally, something changes in you and that person and that’s an example of a joy in a relationship but also a complication. Although the Heine’s relationship had been started and centered on sexual encounters, they both learned to truly love each other. They had three children together and Carl was a great father. Hearing your spouse has past is a perfect example of the sorrows and challenges of a relationship. This is because Susan has to learn to live without her husband and the father of her children.
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