CliffsNotes on Guterson's Snow Falling on Cedars

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The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

In CliffsNotes on Snow Falling on Cedars, you explore David Guterson's bestselling novel, in which a murder trial forces the residents of an island in the Pacific Northwest to revisit the time in history...

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Overview

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

In CliffsNotes on Snow Falling on Cedars, you explore David Guterson's bestselling novel, in which a murder trial forces the residents of an island in the Pacific Northwest to revisit the time in history when both the Japanese and Japanese-Americans were discriminated against. The novel explores the effects of war, the difficulties of race, and the mystery of human motivation in a story that's a combination murder mystery, courtroom drama, and tragic love story.

Summaries and commentaries guide you through the novel, and critical essays help you understand the author's narrative techniques, use of details, and symbolism. Other features that help you study include

  • A section on the life and background of David Guterson
  • A section on the historical background of the novel
  • A character list
  • Additional critical essays on the role of gender and use of duality in the novel
  • Review questions and essay topics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764585678
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/15/2000
  • Series: Cliffs Notes Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 420,576
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD WASOWSKI earned his M.A. from The Ohio State University and teaches English at Ashland High School in Ashland, Ohio. In addition to teaching Advanced Composition, Dramatics, and British Literature, he teaches AP English and serves as a mentor for new AP English teachers throughout the state of Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Life and Background of the Author.

Introduction to the Novel.

Historical Introduction to the Novel.

A Brief Synopsis.

List of Characters.

Critical Commentaries.

Chapters 1 32.

Critical Essays.

Characters.

Symbols.

Motifs.

Themes.

Role of Gender in the Novel.

Use of Duality in the Novel.

Review Questions and Essay Topics.

Projects.

Selected Bibliography.

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