Consider the significance of names in the novel -- which names are symbolic or meaningful -- and the process or function of naming, for example how names are given, used, and claimed or not. Names to consider:Akiko/Soon Hyoand the final reclaiming of this name in her last narrative chapterbut also Induk, Rebecca/Beccah among others you find worthwhile.
Discuss the ways Indukserves as more than a spiritual guide for Akiko. In particular, I'd like you to address Chapter 13. How do you understand the sensual, physical encounter between Akiko and Induk? What effect does this erotic union with Indukhave on Akikophysically, spiritually, and practically (i.e. in terms of her actions and choices in her present life)? How is is related to her time in the camps, so consider why these scenes are framed at beginning and end of chapter with memories of the camps? Also how is it related to her marriage and relationship with her husband?
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