Farewell to Manzanar


Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

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Eleanor Character Analysis

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.
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Eleanor Character Timeline in Farewell to Manzanar

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Chapter 14: In the Firebreak
Growing Up Theme Icon
...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)
Belonging in America Theme Icon
Racism and Prejudice Theme Icon
Eleanor and her husband, Shig, have been living outside the camp since 1943; but when Shig... (full context)
Internment and Family Life Theme Icon
...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
Internment and Family Life Theme Icon
A few months after Eleanor gives birth, she moves to Reno and lives with friends there. Woody receives his draft... (full context)