When the Emperor Was Divine: A Novel Topics for Discussion

Julie Otsuka
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What purpose might the author have in mind by not giving the principle characters names?

The wild mustangs are a recurring image. What might these creatures symbolize to the brother or sister while on the train and later when they recall them while at the Topaz War Relocation Center.

To whom might Chapter 5 be addressed ? Is it specifically to those who arrested the father, or might it be addressed to a broader audience?

White sails, sometimes as bed sheets, are a recurring image. What significance might the symbol of a sail hold for incarcerated people?

What are the literal and figurative meanings of the title of Chapter 4?

Characterize the narrative voice in Chapter 4. What makes it different from other third person narratives?

The boy seems troubled, even traumatized, by the thought of his father without proper shoes. He even brings along a pair of his father's shoes...

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