An Analysis of Joy Kogawa’s Obasan. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” -Albert Einstein. Theme.
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“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
Without letting go of the oppressive past people and communities will be weighed down by it preventing them from moving forward into a more prosperous future.
Joy Kogawa’sObasan, she reveals the theme for letting go of the oppressive past in order to build a future. In Lincoln’s second inaugural address, he also alludes towards this theme as he encourages the people who are angered about the war to accept what God gave them and to move on in a unified country.
Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with or even before the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. ….Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. "Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh."