A Brief Paragraph On The Analysis Of The Attic Scene In "Obasan" By Joy Kogawa

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The shaping of future through the Past and Prsent of Nomi in "Obasan" by Joy KogawaThe scene in which Nomi and Obasan are in the attic is a significant metaphor as it relates three of the most important recurring themes through the entire novel. The fact that Nomi's life is solely based on a confrontation of her past and present childhood, and how her past and present will shape her entire future. While rumiging through the attic, they both stumble upon various objects, most interesting of which are the two spiders which confront and engage eachother. After pushing a box aside, there is a spider and as it is exposed "another ...view middle of the document...

While in the attict, the aspect which most prodominantly reflects the present life of Nomi are the torn rags and ravaging group of spiders.Nomi notices "a graveyard and feasting-ground combined. Shredded rag shapes thick with dust hang like evil laundry on a line. A desperate wash day. Spider, i would say, are indelicate" (Kogawa,25). Just like Nomi's life, she is also in a feasting-ground as she is clouded and is emotionally shredded by her past experiences in Japanese interment camps. The future of Nomi and her family are all shaped from what has has already occured in her life and what is occuring in life. While searching through the attic the relationship or an attic and living room as being encroached is made. The quote "Our attics and living-rooms encroach on each other, deep into their invisible places"(Kogawa, 25) shows how attics represent our past and living rooms represent the present. Our present is shaped by the past and our future is shaped by the present and if suffering has occured in Nomi's past and present, just as much or more is expected to happen in her future. The life of Nomi is one filled with sorrow and suffering in the past, one of confusion in the present and a recurring life of sorrow in the future because she cannot escape the past because just like the attic, it can be ignored, but the more it is ignored the darker and more powerful it gets.

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