David Guterson And His Use Of The Theme Of Nature



David Guterson, a young American author, has written two major works
regarding aspects of human nature and human emotions. His first publication, a
collection of short stories, entitled The Country Ahead of Us, The Country
Behind addresses some of the moral dilemmas that humans face throughout their
lives. His first novel, Snow Falling on Cedars, narrates the trial of a
Japanese man accused of murdering a white man in the post World War II era.
Throughout his literary works, Guterson uses elements of nature: land, trees,
water and especially snow, as literal and metaphorical tools to develop and
resolve conflicts.
David Guterson uses the same aspects and characteristics of nature ...

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the Japanese laborers worked the fields and the white Americans
owned the fields. The question of the ownership of seven acres of strawberry
fields serves as the apparent motive for the murder of Carl Heine. To a local
Japanese fisherman, Kabuo (accused of murdering Carl Heine), the ownership of
this land promises a secure future and ultimately independence. “...she knew
that Kabuo wanted a strawberry field.. nothing more than that” (Snow Falling 89).
“His dream...was close to him now, his strawberry land, his happiness” (Snow
Falling 456). The strawberry fields connected Kabuo to his past and symbolized
a continuity of life. “My father planted the fathers of these (strawberry)
plants” (Snow Falling 362).
Guterson also uses snow metaphorically to make the ownership of the
strawberry fields disappear and seem unimportant in life (Snow covering the
fields permitted the reader to veiw the ownership of the fields as a very
materialistic and selfish thing). After ...

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gunnel. His head craked open above the left
ear and then he slid heavily beneath the waves”(Snow Falling 458). The tidal
wave was the cause of Carl's death; the water, this element of nature was truely
responsible for the death of the fisherman. In that sense Gutersonn uses water
metaphorically to represent the circle of life; the source of life, the
maintenance of life, and the end of life.
Guterson uses trees as a metaphorical device to portray and predict
events in his literary works. He also uses them as literal tools to develop his
work, beautiful cedars and elms which are magnificent, full trees with flowing
branches that are visually pleasing and familiar to his readers. In ...

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