Ichiro goes out dancing—a scene from earlier in the book, with Emi the abandoned wife and Ichiro alone on the dance floor, finding momentary acceptance in the indifference of the whites around them. Peterson of Smith College in the journal establishes that the social context of late 1940s America simply did not allow for a happy ending for Ichiro.And as they hold each other close on the floor, all the characters from the play, including the ghosts of those departed, REENTER the stage to offer final words, of blessing and hope for the future. They are going to live happily ever after, doggone it. Okada shows him walking away from the crowd around Freddie’s death.
Okada isn’t the same rewritten, and Narasaki knows he’s violated the work he claims inspired him.
If Shakespeare had lived longer he might have rewritten a happy end for Romeo and Juliet instead of one dying after the other. —Frank Chin , and replace it with sentiment to leave the audience happy, is as old as Hollywood itself—a place where Mr.
Then he started to cry, not like a man in grief or a soldier in pain, but like a baby in loud, gasping, beseeching howls.
Ichiro walks slowly away from the scene, desperately searching in his mind for some kind of redemption for white racism, Pearl Harbor, and the war; the mass eviction and incarceration based solely on race; and the conscience that led to his own resistance, prison, and social ostracism.
I can do what I want with the dead—“We intended to show that in the end, there was hope for Ichiro…that he would discover love and life.
I’m sorry you disagreed with the ending, but I continue to believe that if John Okada were alive, he wouldn’t be quite as harsh a critic, but of course, we’ll never know.” It’s because we’ll never know, that we should not fxxk with the end as written.
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