In the novel Snow falling on Cedars, by David Guterson, the theme of the novel is the love conflict between Ishmael and Hatsue. Ishmael is in love with Hatsue from when they are very little to when they are grown up. Ishmael thinks that Hatsue will love him just like he loves her. As children Ishmael and Hatsue play together in a hollow cedar tree. They have many memories in the hollow cedar tree, which turn into many complications about racial issues. Ishmael is in love with Hatsue as soon as he notices her body and her beauty. Hatsue is in love with Ishmael but knows is wrong and deceitful. They have become young lovers and explore their bodies in the hollow cedar trees.
Ishmael and Hatsue try to hide their love from everyone by sending each other letters. Ishmael sends Hatsue a letter when Hatsue is in a concentration camp. Her sister finds the letter and shows their mom. The letter reads,
My love, I still go to our cedar tree in the afternoons every day. I shut my eyes, waiting. I smell your smell and I dream of you and ache for you to come home. Every moment I think of you and long to hold and feel you. Missing you is killing me. It’s like a part of me has gone away. I’m lonely and miserable and think of you always and hope you will write me right away. Remember to use Kenny Yamashita’s name for a return address on the envelope so my parents won’t get too curious. Everything here is horrible and sad and life is not worth living…without you I have nothing. – All my love forever, Ishmael
Ishmael Chambers may not be a typical hero. He is not physically heroic as for example, Carl Heine was seen as an "extraordinary specimen of manhood" by his fellow islanders. However, it remains to be discussed how far Ishmael can be perceived as the literary hero of the novel. There are reasons why Ishmael could be seen as the hero, and there are also arguments against this statement. As the ...
Hatsue’s mom shows the letters to Hatsue and she has to explain that she knows it is wrong and explains that she is going to stay away from Ishmael. Ishmael is in love with Hatsue and thinks that nothing is going to get in the way. Hatsue knows it wrong. She writes him and tells him, “I knew with certainty that everything was wrong. I knew that we could never be right together and that soon I would have to tell you so.” (Guterson 354).
Their love grows apart because of the war and Ishmael looses his arm. While at war he writes to Hatsue, “I hater you with all my heart, I hate you, Hatsue, I hate you always.” (237).
The war ends and Ishmael returns home, hating everyone. Hatsue marries Kabuo. In my mind Ishmael loosing his arm represents his loss of Hatsue. Hatsue and Kabuo have three children. Ishmael still loves and cares about Hatsue. Hatsue still has feelings for Ishmael, but hides them from everyone, even herself. Hatsue learns to love Kabuo.
Kabou is tried for the murder of Carl Heine. There are many motives for Kabou and a lot of evidence that suggests that Kabou did it. Hatsue takes Kabou’s side and supports him. Ishmael thinks about Hatsue constantly and seems to want Kabou to be tried guilty, in hopes of getting Hatsue back. Hatsue knows that her husband didn’t do it and wants Ishmael to write about how unfair the trial is. Hatsue tells Ishmael that, “The trial, Kabuo’s trial is unfair, you should talk about that in your newspaper.” (325) Ishmael is confused and thinks about what his father would do.
During the trial, they find out that Kabuo didn’t tell all the truth about where he was at. Hatsue was on the witness stand and said that she knew where Kabuo was but didn’t want to tell because she thought he would get be in jail for sure.
Ishmael sees that Hatsue loves Kabuo and tries to help. He looks for clues and gets the sheriff to help him. They find clues in the boat and enough evidence to prove that Kabuo is innocent. The only reason that Ishmael helps Kabuo is because of his love for Hatsue.
The trial ends and Kabuo is found innocent. Ishmael does the right thing and Hatsue tells him that she is grateful. Ishmael says that when Hatsue is old and is thinking back on things to remember him. Hatsue reply is,” Yes, I will.” (446)
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