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Megan Guimon Saliba Alternative Calendars 11 January 2000 Change Is The Only Constant With life comes death with destruction comes rebirth and with fear often comes understanding and growth Constant change within our environment surrounds and invades our existence--which too is ever changing growing digressing and evolving Often a sad tone resounds within this acceptance of uncontrolled fluctuation It is the sad or destructive experiences that one wishes could be controlled and often those become more apparent then the joy and happiness that accompanies change Throughout Tanizakis The Makioka Sisters the essence of the novel is captured using subtlety to describe the timeless cyclical changes in nature thus revealing and enhancing the acceptance of the unavoidable impermanence that is woven into the sisters lives and experiences Transformations within their natural world saturate and undeniably affect the lives of the characters in this novel Throughout the novel the sisters are constantly exposed to the beauties and destruction that the cycles of nature produce changing and affecting their lives for brief and lengthy durations Change in nature perpetually occurs and learning to adapt to its inconsistency is often demanded of the sisters Tanizaki poetically uses the fluctuation of nature to delicately suggest fluctuation or transformations that occur within the characters For example as massive flooding consumes the Kobe-Osaka district with destruction the Makiokas lives are consumed with upheaval and yet this inevitable chaos encourages realizations for Sachiko and transformations within Taeko The most disastrous flood in the districts history its transforming effects on the river are vividly described as less a river than a black boiling sea with the mid-summer surf at its most violent Tanizaki 176 Its burdens afflict the land and all of its inhabitants from scuttling crabs and dogs to the Makiokas Stoltzes and countless other families Physically destroying homes railroads and schools the flood claims lives amidst clouds of dust mud and sand The rain viciously reveals its overpowering capabilities As
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