The passage suggests that Joy Kogawa believes which one of the following about the society that shuns Naomi?

Stephanie on March 30, 2019

Why is C the correct answer?

Please explain why C is the correct answer?

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Shiyi on May 14, 2019

Why is C correct?

Victoria on May 14, 2019

Hello @Steph and @Shiyi-Zhang,

Lines 41 to 53 of the passage discuss "Kogawa's use of motifs drawn from Christian rituals and symbols" which serves to critique the "professed ethics of the majority culture that has shunned Naomi." Kogawa compares Naomi's reacquaintance with her past with the biblical story of turning stone into bread to critique the majority culture's abuse of Naomi and her people while also providing an affirmation of Japanese durability for Naomi. The use of Christian rituals and symbols serves as a subtle critique by Kogawa of the majority culture for violating their own religious ethics through their treatment of the Japanese people. The inclusion of this critique suggests that Kogawa believes that the culture which shunned Naomi violated their religious ethics, a belief that is directly restated by answer choice C.

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