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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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An Analysis of Motifs in Kokoro, a Novel by Soseki Natsume
In the novel, Kokoro, Soseki uses the symbol of the narrator’s father for old Japan, the motif of suicide, and the motif of obligation to society and to illuminate the theme of counter traditionalism in Kokoro and heighten the drama of Kokoro through sub-conflict. The narrator’s father is used by Soseki to symbolize old J...
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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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