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At the beginning of Bel Canto, Hosokawa
is a man with a tidy, conventional life. He works very hard. He
is a success. He has a family. But when Hosokawa listens to opera,
he stops doing and thinking and feeling what is proper and experiences
the intensity of human love, anguish, and passion.
During his captivity, Hosokawa experiences a major awakening. Once
a man who only felt passion while appreciating art, Hosokawa is
transformed by his captivity into a man who feels passion while
experiencing life. When his romance with Roxanne Coss blooms, the
love that he used to feel only while listening to opera begins to
color all of his days. This transformation amazes Hosokawa, who
never knew that such a life could exist.
Coss alone is not responsible for the change in Hosokawa.
He, like all of the characters in Bel Canto, experiences
life with particular intensity during the siege. Unlike the other
characters, Hosokawa faces the reality that the almost magical idyll
of captivity will one day come to an end, and that when it does,
the relationships formed under duress will be affected. Hosokawa
wonders if he and Coss will be able to protect and maintain their
passion for each other once they have been released.
Ace your assignments with our guide to Bel Canto!