Obasan is a novel by Joy Kogawa that was first published in 1981. Explore a plot summary, important quotes, and an in-depth analysis of Naomi.


Read our full plot summary and analysis of Obasan, chapter by chapter break-downs, and more.


See a complete list of the characters in Obasan and in-depth analyses of Naomi, Obasan, Aunt Emily, and Stephen.

Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the literary devices in Obasan, from the major themes to motifs, symbols, and more.


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Further Study

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