Farewell to Manzanar - Chapter 6, Whatever He Did Had Flourish Summary & Analysis

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Jeanne's Papa's actions are better understood after knowing about his life before Pearl Harbor. He is a proud son of a samurai class family, who leaves Hiroshima in the midst of a severe depression. He is lucky in Hawaii, finding a sponsor who kept him from the back-breaking work in the Hawaiian fields. Through he has the opportunity to attend law school, he completes very few of the things he began. A law, luck, and pride prevent his success. Ultimately, Papa is an arrogant poser, a braggart, and a tyrant, and he is able to do many things.

Papa's cane becomes a type of samurai sword. It is a homemade version of the sword his great-great-grandfather carried in Hiroshima. He lives at the end of the time when samurai warriors were needed. Both swords were a "virtue and a burden" (p.42). For Jeanne's...

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