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An Analysis of Zen Buddhism in Kokoro, a Novel by Natsume Sōseki
Zen Buddhism in Kokoro In the book Kokoro, Zen Buddhism helped me understand the character K in a variety of ways. K’s background is influenced by the practice because his dad is a Buddhist priest. When he gets adopted by a family of doctors he doesn’t want to study medicine, instead he wants to continue practicing Zen Bud...
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The Adaptive Nature of Humans in Kitchen, a Novel by Banana Yoshimoto
All people have to live through tough times at some point in their life. These times may cause us pain or stress, disturbing our well-being and mental balance. But one thing being true, is that we all eventually learn to adapt to the harsh changes in our lives. This is much similar to the animals adapting to their changin...
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An Analysis of Aristotle's Character and Theme Elements of Dramatic Literature in The Love Suicides at Sonezaki, a Love-Suicide Play by Chikamatsu Monzaemon
The very first love-suicide play, written by Chikamatsu Monzaemon, is a representational drama (Jacobus 345). The characters in The Love Suicides at Sonezaki are represented as middle-class and speak as if they would if they were actual citizens (Jacobus 345). The Love Suicides at Sonezaki involves a young man who falls des...
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Mitsuko Naruse's Pursuit of an Intact Self in the Novel Deep River by Shusaku Endo
Mitsuko Naruse is a woman lost within herself, battling between who she is and who she wants to be. In Deep River we see Mitsuko embark on a journey to understand Otsu which in turn helps her understand herself and what she believes. Although the woman we’ve come to understand Mitsuko to be is one that does not know how to...
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An Analysis of the Short Story The Second Bakery Attack by Haruki Murakami, a Piece That Helps Its Readers Understand Their Own Lives
Literature often helps people to understand their own lives through the experiences of another. Quite often people can read a story about a character in a similar situation the reader themselves are in and gain some insight as to how to deal with the situation based on how the characters react in the story. This insight can...
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The Use of Imagery in Impassionate Gods by Ariwara No Narihara
In a time where your status is the only meaning to your life, the Japanese would turn to poetry as a way to escape that life. Poetry gave new meaning to life in which poets would use to express their own free will without losing their current status. Ariwara No Narihara was consider one of the masters of waka (Japanese poe...
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The Unconventional Marriage in the Novel Naomi by Junichiro Tanizaki
In Junichiro Tanizaki’s novel, Naomi, both husband and wife choose to press on with their very unconventional marriage despite the frustration and conflict that stems from it. For Joji, the choice to do so is far more distressing and disruptive to his way of life than it is for Naomi, yet it is crucial to him maintaining a...
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The Use of Buddhism in the Tales of Genji, Novel by Murasaki Shikibu
The Heian Period of Japanese history in which Murasaki Shikibu wrote
was the culmination of a particular ferment of Eastern political and
religious cultures. Isolation, scholarship, and gossip occupied the bulk
of the aristocratic lifestyle which Shikibu and her quasi-fictional
characters lived. In between poem writing and...
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An Analysis of Soseki Natsume's Botchan and the Meiji Era
Connection the book Botchan and Meiji era Natsume Soseki’s novels mainly deal with the theme social morality and hypocrisy moreover; he touches individual struggle, questions of social direction and cultural identity. Botchan is the main character in the novel being born in a family where he isn`t favored like his elder br...
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The Fight Against Western Influences of Industrialization, Capitalism, and Culture in the Novel Runaway Horses by Yukio Mishima
Yukio Mishima's landmark novel, Runaway Horses, the second part of
his The Sea of Fertility cycle, examines the passions of a small, yet
zealous ultra-conservative faction within Japan, struggling to combat the
rapidly expanding Western influences of industrialization, capitalism, and
culture during the 1930's. One of the m...
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An Analysis of Poverty in Three Japanese Literary Works
For countless generations, those members of society who are fortunate enough to have been born into stable lifestyles have seen the horrors of poverty second-hand through art in all forms. Though they can look upon and consider these depictions and realizations with disgust and revulsion, their empathy can never progress pa...
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An Analysis of the Book After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
In the book after the quake by Haruki Murakami, many quakes occur. In each story all of the characters have to face many obstacles. The significance of a physical earthquake is very breathtaking when you are not directly affected by them but when you are at the center of one, it dramatically alters your life. Haruki writ...
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Modernist Anxieties in a Postmodern World in Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
Psychoanalytic criticism treats literary work like a dream: feelings and symbols are extractable and translatable into themes and motifs.  The themes that emerge in Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World are of Modernist anxieties in a Postmodern world. “Postmodernism is the artistic reaction to this new shift and...
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The Topic of Nature Versus Nurture in the Short Story Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami
Nature vs. Nurture People have different ways of dealing with certain events throughout
their lives-for Sachi, in the short-story of Haruki Murakami's Blind
Willow, Sleeping Woman Hanalei Bay, it was finding peace through nature.
After her son died drowning from a shark attack while surfing in Hanalei
Bay, Sachi start...
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A Review of Murasaki Shikibu's Novel "The Tale of Genji"
Oedipus of the East In the year 1010 A.D. a woman now known as Murasaki Shikibu wrote what is believed to be the first novel ever written, The Tale of Genji. Some consider the protagonist of the story Genji to be a hero. However, like many western readers I do not consider him to be a hero. Because of Genji’s feelings towa...
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A Review of Muraskai Shikibu's Novel "The Tale of Genji"
In the novel The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu, the modern-day reader catches a glimpse of the life of courtiers in Heian society. In the novel, a child was born to the emperor and a woman whose father had since past away, she too died soon after the birth of her child. The emperor favored this boy over his other childr...
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An Analysis of Haruki Murakamu's Novel "Kafka on the Shore"
Kafka on the Shore is a novel written by the Japanese author Haruki Murakami, and translated into English by Phillip Gabriel. Originally published by Shinchosa, the English translation of Murakami’s work is published in the United States by Vintage Books. This book delves into the depths of the human psyche, attempts to def...
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Aestheticism and Religion With Murasaki Shikibu
Aestheticism and Religion with Murasaki Shikibu In the account of Murasaki Shikibu’s recordings of the Heian court from 1008-1010 ce, the ideals of religion are clearly reflected in ways that also encompass values of aestheticism. Through the elaborate and detailed text of Murasaki’s diary, it may be difficult to first...
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Complex Characters in The Tattooer by Tanizaki
The Tattooer Tanizaki’s “The Tattooer” follows a plot in which the reader is presented with two complex characters that are destined to interact with each other that in turn affect their ultimate fate. One of the two characters is the artist Seikichi, who once studied as a ukiyo-e painter, but fell out of higher society as...
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Imagery in The Gotthard Railway by Tawada Yoko
Imagery and The Gotthard Railway Tawada Yoko frequently uses visual and kinesthetic imagery throughout her short story “The Gotthard Railway” to illustrate a seemingly random sequence of events. The disconnected illustrations are manifestations of Yoko’s thoughts that reflect her desires and her awareness of those desires....
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An Analysis of Childhood in The Sailor Who Fell from Grace With the Sea by Yukio Mishima
The Curious Incident of the Family in the Night The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima tells the story of three people: Noboru, Ryuji and Fusako living completely different lives, but experiencing the same reality. Childhood and child-like qualities play a major role in the development of both...
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The Grasshopper and the Bell Cricket by Yasunari Kawabata
Grasshopper and Cricket Fairytales of love always have princess or a damsel in distress with a big, heroic prince to save her. Whether it’s Cinderella or a more modern fairy tale like Shrek, the audience always eats up the ever so predictable story of falling in love in a fantasy land and living “Happily ever after…” Then...
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Details and Clues in Man-Eating Cats, The Ice Man and the Mirror by Haruki Murakami
To call Murakami a brilliant literary illusionist would be an understatement. Haruki Murakami’s writings are intensely based on what is presented in the text, his works lacking the presence of an omnipotent saviour or a phantasmic force. If a ghost or any sort of fantastical entity enters Murakami’s work, its only purpose i...
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An Introduction to the Analysis of Escapism and Enlightenment
Escapism and Enlightenment At the heart of Buddhism lies the idea that the root of all suffering is desire and attachment. As the dharma spread from India, it forever changed preexisting traditions and cultures throughout Asia. Japanese culture illustrates such changes. The Norton Anthology of World Literature describes...
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An Overview of the Unspoken Emotions and Internal Insecurities
Unspoken Emotions and Internal Insecurities ABSTRACK: The purpose of this paper is to discuss two major themes that were prevalent in Japanese literature during the Meiji period. I will explore the topics of betrayal and indecision, and attempt to highlight the significance and importance of the themes and how the...
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