Written by students of FC1750.06
at Founders College, York University
Maria Nadeau: Sachiko claims it's for her daughter, Mariko, that she plans to wed an American named Frank. Yet Mariko is an unhappy little girl, and the last man she wants to be her father is the "pig" she loathes. Sachiko has the option to live comfortably with her uncle, but she prefers a new start in America. I wonder if the prospect of Sachiko's departure saddens Etsuko although she assures Etsuko assures Sachiko otherwise.
May Yuen:Both Kapitan Lee's daughter and Sachiko should have relied on themselves instead of dreaming about the happiness an American can bring them. Sachiko has made many attempts to leave Japan, but each ends in failure. Frank lets her down and has spent all her hard-earned money on alcohol. The reliable drunkard has made a bade impression on Mariko. "Frank-San pisses like a pig," she says. "He's a pig in a sewer."
Han Ki-Dongt:Frank may not be able to hold on to a job. Even if he is employed, it seems unlikely that he will support Sachiko and Mariko. Sachiko hopes her limited English will bail her out in such a situation, but in reality, she will be probably banished from mainstream society in the U.S. because of her Japanese origin.
Jennifer Henry: Sachiko believes Frank is her ticket to a better life in the U.S. even after he has abandoned her many times. Not only is she a disturbed person, she is also a bad mother, who pays little attention to her daughter. Sachiko portrays herself as a cruel, selfish woman when she drowns the kittens -- commits murder -- in front of a vulnerable child.
Sarah Tan: Although Sachiko's plan to marry Frank is not welcome by Mariko, it does not necessarily mean her decision is unwise. people in a desperate situation -- Sachiko, for example -- will try to find a better life at all costs. What seems to be a foolish choice may be the best course of action for the people involved.
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