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Beyond the Curve written by Kobo Abe sends a message to his fellow Japanese citizens He constructs an allegory based on honor identity and Dantes Hell Abes choice of writing allows us to think deeper than the obvious and read between the lines Dendrocacalia is written as an allegory It can be interpreted in relation to World War II The main character Common is representative of ordinary Japanese citizens during the war He is being punished for actions that he himself did not knowingly commit For his punishment Common transforms into a tree rooted in the earth His face slips off his arms are made into leaves and branches and his legs become the trunk of the tree In this illustration this torment is what many Japanese endured during World War II Many were harmed during numerous bombings and other wartime casualties These Japanese citizens were harmed for the actions of the state not the individual themselves Each citizen lost part of their honor as well as their personal dignity during this unsettling time They were a the mercy of their government and were forced to face the repercussions of governmental actions In dealing with honor the concept of suicide is discussed Throughout the story Common fights the transformation into a tree on every occasion except the last He tries desperately to hold on to his human identity despite the obvious physical struggles as well as the personal advice and council from the Director of the Botanical Garden He wanted to fight his death at all costs He would not let this unexplainable power defeat him for if he died at the mercy of another force other than his own would be dishonorable as well as sinful This concept of suicide is related to Dantes theory of Hell Dantes Hell is a place of fire where people go to purge their sins The sinners that are placed in hell have no awareness
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