one of Jeanne’s older sisters. Eleanor gives birth at Manzanar and undergoes a long and harrowing labor, especially since the Manzanar medical staff lack the supplies and training to save her should something go wrong. While the birth of Eleanor’s child marks a moment of family celebration and cohesion, her labor is a reminder of the dangers underlying life at Manzanar.
Eleanor Character Timeline in Farewell to Manzanar
The timeline below shows where the character Eleanor appears in Farewell to Manzanar. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 14: In the Firebreak
...parents, but now she turns to Woody and Chizu more often. When her oldest sister Eleanor gives birth, Jeanne experiences the first taste of the “total separateness” that growing up entails. (full context)
...Papa when they see Mama running toward them and shouting. Papa is clearly terrified that Eleanor has died; but when Mama finally draws into earshot, she shouts that Eleanor is safe... (full context)
Chapter 15: Departures