When the Emperor Was Divine: A Novel - Chapter 5 Confession Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 5 Confession Summary

The father answers the accusations of being a dangerous enemy alien. He says he had spied on the government and its citizens. He admits to sabotaging industry and poisoning the water and food supplies. The father identifies himself as any one of the many people who are encountered on a daily basis. He concludes by saying that since he has admitted to every preposterous notion that has been presented he wonders if he may now leave.

Chapter 5 Confession Analysis

While the father could be addressing the specific people who had taken him from his family, he is more likely addressing a wider audience. He is addressing all those who in a moment of hysteria had begunviewing society in stereotypes. His tone is intentionally sarcastic and understandably bitter. His implication is that no rational person would believe him to be anything other than an American man...

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