Research Paper: True Meaning of Snow David

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[. . .] The trial is harsh, in that it is very unfair to the defendant, Kabuo, because he is of Japanese descent. During the time the novel is set, Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor, resulting in a war between the U.S.A. And Japan. Many people on the island fought in the war, hence their strong disliking for Japanese people, which Kabuo is. When a snowstorm comes, people have to prepare for the worst, such as falling trees, power shortages, and even accidental deaths, which is a parallel in the book, because the snow falling prepares Kabuo's family for the worst possible outcome, his possible death. Kabuo's trial is unjust because the jurors have strong racial feelings against Japanese, and so to show how unreasonable the trial is, Guterson adds a snowstorm to the setting, symbolizing an inhospitable, cold time.

Because of its dual nature, snowstorms also have good outcomes. Just before the verdict comes out, the snowstorm stops, and the snow starts melting. This melting cleanses the town of racial tensions, and foreshadows something good that is going to occur, in this case, the dropping of Kabuo's case. Also, the snow covering the island is "general all over" (Foster 81) San Piedro, acting as a unifier between the different races, and showing that inside, everyone is the same. It is also worth noting the role seasons play in the book, which interrelate with the weather. All the happy memories people have of the past take place in spring, which symbolizes times of enjoyment, "childhood and youth" (Foster 178). During those memories, the people are young, which spring signifies. It is also no coincidence that the harsh trial takes place in winter, which symbolizes "old age and resentment and death" (Foster 178). The people are grown up during the time of the trial, so it is appropriate for the season to be winter, representing their old age. The weather and the seasons all play vital roles in the novel.

In conclusion, Playing in the snow can be fun, but as many can attest too, also quite precarious. When we have fun playing in the snow, we rarely think about the negative consequences of our actions, such as taking a big fall while snowboarding and maybe even breaking a bone or two by doing so, or even getting caught in the midst of a dangerous snowstorm, which can wreak havoc in an entire city. Snow can be entertaining, yet dangerous at the same time, and it is this dual nature that it possesses that makes snow an important element in the book Snow Falling on Cedars, important enough for David Guterson, the author, to include it in the title of the book. Because of snow's essential part in the book, it is included in the title of the book. Snow, like many other things, can be extremely fun and exciting, but it can also be extremely hazardous and severe. Next time when we read a book, we should always check the forecast, for it might reveal hidden secrets that we did not know before.

Works Cited

Guterson, David. Snow Falling on Cedars. New York: Vintage Books, 1994. 75-428.

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