Today’s discussion on the death of Ichiro’s mother was extremely interesting and brought up points about the symbolism of dying in a bathtub that I hadn’t thought about while reading through No-No Boy. Personally, I saw her death as a parallel to her delusion that a boat would come whisk her off to Japan as she packs prior to committing suicide. Additionally, I associate the bathwater with the idea of travelling by sea home to Japan, and I view her suicide as a final sort of journey home.

The Mother’s Death

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