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Exploring the Main Theme in "The Tale of Genji" (230 words, 1 pages)
One main theme in The Tale of Genji is the idea of how relationships worked in the emperor's court in Japan one thousand years ago. I don't think that the story so much explains how all people acted towards one another, but rather gives insight to the culture and guidelines ... Read More
Finding One's Identity in a Woman Writer by Tamura Toshiko (558 words, 1 pages)
To Live and To Write"A Woman Writer"The first story by Tamura Toshiko, "A Woman Writer" was incredibly upsetting. This intelligent, successful woman seems very unsatisfied and unhappy, though it would appear that she has everything that she could ever want. Looking deeper though, one sees her anguish in her marriage ... Read More
An Analysis of the Dignity of A Butler in "The Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro (418 words, 1 pages)
Etiquette beween a butler and all others is, at least in Stevens' world, defined clearly and narrowly, and "'dignity' has to do crucially with a butler's ability not to abandon the professional being he inhabits" (42). He is to be chummy but distant with butlers from other households, to maintain ... Read More
A Literary Analysis of the Setting Sun by Dazai Osamu (1423 words, 2 pages)
Close inspection of The Setting Sun by Dazai Osamu allows one to see a particular family battle changing times that are affecting a whole nation of people. Paralleled in many ways by the author's own reality, we see how this deep message is more than just a fiction story. As ... Read More
An Analysis of the Character of Mr. Shizuma (1372 words, 2 pages)
The main character in the novel is in some ways like myself. Mr. Shizuma is a person that is intrigued by many things and likes to see what reaction people have from any action. Throughout the novel he feels the need to go to different parts of the city and ... Read More
A History and Description of Japan's Literature Called "Haiku" (397 words, 2 pages)
In Japan, short poems have a long history. The earliest Japanese poetry such as that of the Manyoshu, written in 759 A.D., includes stirring narrative, dramatic and short lyrical poems which scholars believe were originally written as part of the pre-Buddhist or early Shinto ceremonial rituals (Haiku). This anthology includes ... Read More
An Analysis of the Novel Kokoro by Natsume Soseki (1012 words, 2 pages)
IB Essay Kokoro by Natsume Soseki"What we are." -- A phrase that causes a number of thoughts to cross my mind. What makes us who we are? From the light of events of Kokoro by Natsume Soseki, I did some research to find an answer to this question. One aspect ... Read More
An Analysis of the Topic of the Yosano Akiko by Angela Bahr (4216 words, 9 pages)
Yosano Akiko by Angela Bahr Time has told that when events occur, numerous literary works are created symbolic of the event taking place. In early twentieth-century Japan, when war was constant, nationalism apparent, and a feminism movement in the works, a literary style known as tanka (31-syllable poetry) became widely ... Read More
A Review of Abe Kobo's Story "The Red Cacoon" (1294 words, 2 pages)
Generally speaking, the purpose of most forms of artistic expression such as literary art, music, or art itself is a mode by which the author can express himherself with. They use their respective skills andor interests to convey feelings or thoughts on any given topic. Short fiction is by no ... Read More
An Analysis of Black Rain by Masuji (1366 words, 7 pages)
BLACK RAIN by MasujiIbuse The main character in the novel is in some ways likemyself. Mr. Shizuma is a person that is intrigued by manythings and likes to see what reaction people have from anyaction. Throughout the novel he feels the need to go todifferent parts of the city and ... Read More
An Analysis of the Novel Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse (1367 words, 5 pages)
Black Rain Reader Responseby Masuji IbuseThe main character in the novel is in some ways like myself. Mr. Shizuma is aperson that is intrigued by many things and likes to see what reaction peoplehave from any action. Throughout the novel he feels the need to go to differentparts of the ... Read More
My Reasons Why I Think "Battle Royal" by Koushun Takami Is The Story That Moved Me (1032 words, 2 pages)
If I had to pick one out of the many stories that we have read and say that it moved me the most, I would have to say that the story would have to be "Battle Royal." The reason that the story did move me so was because of the ... Read More
An Analysis of Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse (1366 words, 5 pages)
BLACK RAINbyMasuji IbuseThe main character in the novel is in some ways like myself. Mr. Shizuma is a person that is intrigued by many things and likes to see what reaction people have from any action. Throughout the novel he feels the need to go to different parts of the ... Read More
An Analysis of Genji Monogatari, the Greatest Single Work in Japanese Literature (4052 words, 5 pages)
Genji Monogatari is the greatest single work in Japanese literature. It provides us with an informative look into the court life of the Heian Period, as well as give us a wealth of vivid characterizations along the way to developing the lineage of the hero, Genji. The reason for its ... Read More
The Underlying Theme in "The Sailor Who Fell from Grace With The Sea" (756 words, 2 pages)
I read a novella with a collection of three stories by Yukio Mishima. The first story was called The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea, the second was called The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, and the third was Confessions of a Mask. I would enjoy talking about ... Read More
The Artistic Spirit of the Novel Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata (3343 words, 7 pages)
Thousand Cranes by Yasunari KawabataILLUSTRATE THE ROLE WHICH MRS OTA AND HER DAUGHTER FUMIKO PLAY IN BRINGING ABOUT THE REFORMATION OF KIKUJIS CHARACTER TO COME TO TERMS WITH HIS PAST. IN WHAT WAYS (IF ANY) DOES THIS HELP HIM BECOME A BETTER PERSON?Kawabatas Thousand Cranes is a novel that puts ... Read More
Exploring Family Values in Dazai Osamu's "The Setting Sun" (1423 words, 2 pages)
Close inspection of The Setting Sun by Dazai Osamu allows one to see a particular family battle changing times that are affecting a whole nation of people. Paralleled in many ways by the author's own reality, we see how this deep message is more than just a fiction story. As ... Read More
Examination of the Setting in Battle Royal by Koushun Takami (718 words, 1 pages)
Battle RoyalThe narrator of Battle Royal, lived his life under the illusion that everybody had an equal chance in life. He desperately wanted and tried to please everyone, thinking that if he did he would eventually rise and become somebody great. He was a great speaker and his speeches won ... Read More
A Literary Analysis of the Change in the Makioka Sisters by Tanizaki (1698 words, 3 pages)
Megan GuimonSaliba Alternative Calendars11 January 2000Change Is The Only ConstantWith 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 ... Read More
The Theme of Changes in The Sea and Poison (519 words, 1 pages)
Changing Times versus Changing PeopleIt has been said that while times change, people do not. From my past experiences, and from things that I have learned throughout the years, I have to agree with the previous statement. I feel that the morality of a person almost always rules when it ... Read More
The Theme of Egoism in Kokoro by Natsume Soseki (1012 words, 2 pages)
IB Essay Kokoro by Natsume Soseki"What we are." -- A phrase that causes a number of thoughts to cross my mind. What makes us who we are? From the light of events of Kokoro by Natsume Soseki, I did some research to find an answer to this question. One aspect ... Read More
The Restrictions of Japanese Culture in Banana Yoshimoto's Story in the Kitchen (478 words, 1 pages)
In the Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto, the character Tomo lives in a traditional Japenese society where women are very dependent. Women in Japan faced severe restrictions in matters concerning choice of career and marriage. On the other hand, virtually all women had a basic education and some even attended college. ... Read More
An Analysis of Honor in Fighting a War in "Beyond the Curve" by Kobo Abe (825 words, 2 pages)
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 ... Read More
An Analysis of the Novel, Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima (468 words, 1 pages)
Mishimas Confessions of a Mask, a semi autobiographical novel revealing his obsessions with both violent and sexual fantasies about men, is in many ways a prefiguration of the final act of his life. A motif that strongly pervades this novel is death and the images of blood associated with it. ... Read More
The Conceptions of the Character Kename from the Novel Some Prefer Nettles by the Japanese Author Tanizaki (901 words, 3 pages)
Lurking in the mystery of the Orient(Tanizaki 20) lies the images and beauty created by shadows. It is this traditional essence which is being replaced and forgotten as westernized culture and morality sprout their roots in the Japanese society. Tanizakis specifically examines this idea of clashing cultures in the essay ... Read More
A Comparison of the Story of Adam and Eve and Jisaye Yamamoto's "Seventeen Syllables" (1543 words, 2 pages)
Human nature is defined as "the complex of fundamental dispositions and traits of man sometimes considered innate (belief that you can't control human nature)," (Webster's 1101). In both the story of Adam and Eve and "Seventeen Syllables," by Hisaye Yamamoto, human nature is shown to be innate. Characters within each ... Read More
An Analysis of Japanese Discrimination During World War 2 in Obasan by Joy Kogawa (739 words, 4 pages)
I decided to read the novel by Joy Kogawa entitled Obasan. The novel was written in 1981 and told the details of how the Japanese were discriminated against during World War 2. The author's main purpose was to educated the reader on how hard life really was for her family ... Read More
An Analysis of At Kinosaki by Shiga Naoya (2198 words, 3 pages)
Background Facts about 'At Kinosaki'Shiga Naoya wrote "At Kinosaki" (Kinosaki ni te - ) in 1917, when he was 34 years old. The story is based on his real experience in the autumn of 1913, when he was recovering at the hot springs of Kinosaki, from an accident which nearly ... Read More
An Analysis of Japanese Story Snow Falling on Cedars (1681 words, 2 pages)
Snow Falling on CedarsKabuo Miyamoto, a man of Japanese descent, is the defendant in the murder case of Carl Heine. Alvin Hooks, the prosecutor, is representing Carl Heine in the case, and Nels Gudmundsson is Kabuos attorney. On September 16, Art Moran, the sheriff, and his deputy, Abel Martinson, saw ... Read More
Mr. Shizuma's Curiosity in the Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse (1374 words, 2 pages)
Black RainThe main character in the novel is in some ways like myself. Mr. Shizuma is a person that is intrigued by many things and likes to see what reaction people have from any action. Throughout the novel he feels the need to go to different parts of the city ... Read More
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