Conflicting Perspectives

Topics: World War II, British Empire, The Reader Pages: 4 (1458 words) Published: August 1, 2010
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Throughout our lives we take on certain views on events, situations and people in our lives. These are formed from the positive or negative outcomes of experiences that we encounter. Society’s views on certain issues and the views of those around us influence the outcomes of those experiences. David Guterson’s novel, “Snow Falling on Cedars” and Shaun Tan and John Marsden’s picture book, “The Rabbits” both portray conflicting perspectives that are shaped from past events. Different experiences of the same event can cause conflicting perspectives. This is the case for Ishmael and Kabou in “SFC”. Gutterson uses this scene as the novel’s core scene where the characters form different views from before and after the war. Tan and Marsden’s “The Rabbits” uses the British Colonization as the core event

Events are sometimes the main causes of conflicting perspectives as people are often faced with events in life which molds their view and hence causes their perspectives to clash. In “SFC” the World War 2 incident act as a vital event in which David employs characters and language techniques to portray the conflicting perspectives through such event. In relation to “SFC”, Shaun Tan and John Marsden’s “The Rabbits” brings out the significance on the ‘British colonization’ in which the audience in introduced to the British and the Indigenous Australians perspectives to this event. Ishmael and Hatsue act as vital character to which David uses to portray the conflicting perspectives from World War 2. In the early stages of the novel they are lovers who believe that love will conquer all things, including war. When the bombing of Pearl Harbor occurred, Hatsue and her family were forced to set out for an internment camp whilst Ishmael was forced to serve the country. In each of their cases, they both are forced to set into a new...
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