n explicating this, we shall use Julia Otsuka’s novel, “When the Emperor was Divine”, the third chapter of Daniel’s book, and Deborah & Joel Shlian’s novel, “Rabbit in the Moon”.
To begin with, Julia Otsuka’s novel seeks to portray a sequence of events that happened to a Japanese American family after they were relocated from their home in Berkeley, California and were forced to live in an internment camp far away from home during World War II. It all started with the woman seeing a sign in a post office window. The woman returned back home and started packing all her belongings together with those of the family. The reason behind this was that Japanese-Americans had been posed as enemy and aliens by the State and were subject to being relocated to far destination camps such as the one in the Utah desert. After the woman saw the sign post, she went down to their house and scribbled down a few words which turned out to be spoons, forks, linen, cloths, bowls, cups and plates (Otsuka 3). This might have been what she assumed she would carry or, maybe, leave. The experience here is that the family, mostly the woman in this first case scenario, faces an emotional breakdown, pressure and fear as she has a vivid picture of how the camps look like. Otsuka describes the camp image as that of thin-walled barracks and barbed-wire fences (49). According to this imagery in the mind of the woman, it impacts how the woman is thinking and also how she is to reveal that to her children.
The woman clearly knows that they are going to relocate. For example, during the period of relocation, nine days passed after the woman saw the notice. In fact when she was packing, out of fear, the woman did not finish packing all their belongings. In addition, she had to rekindle past calamities by having no option but to kill their dog as dogs were not allowed at the camp (9). In the same stride, the woman goes to the hardware store and makes a purchase of two rolls of tape and