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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 Desire for Absolute Power in the Novel Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Power is an ability most characters in Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, Never Let Me Go, desire and fight for. However, each character shows this desire in numerous ways and values power differently than others. For some, power is having popularity and being the Alpha-being amongst a group of people; for others, gaining power can be...
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An Analysis of When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka
Reading Response for When the Emperor was Divine by Julie OtsukaWhen the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka is a very interesting and touching story told through the emotions of a Japanese American family. This is a novel about how the family struggled to be equal after being sent to an internment camp during World War II....
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The Struggle of a Japanese-American Family in the Novel When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka
The novel “When the Emperor was Divine” by Julie Otsuka is a very touching story told through the emotions of a Japanese American family during World War ll. This novel is about how the family struggled to be equal after being sent to an internment camp after Perl Harbor. The author Julie Otsuka sends an image to the reader...
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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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