Essay Topic 1
Henry searches the belongings in the basement of the Panama Hotel. What Is Henry searching for? How does he hope that sorting through the belongings will help him with the emptiness he has felt since his wife died?
Essay Topic 2
Henry has an ume tree in his back yard. What did the tree symbolize for Henry and for his father? How did each man's perspective on life affect how they viewed the tree and why they each kept such a tree?
Essay Topic 3
Henry is often caught between worlds. What different worlds is Henry caught between from the time he is a child until he is an adult? What different ways does he cope with those worlds and how do they affect the man, husband, and father that he becomes?
Essay Topic 4
Henry and Keiko experience racism. What instances of racism are there in the novel...
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