Thousand Cranes

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Statement of Intent: Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata entails a story of two characters who struggle to escape the influence of their deceased parents. As Kikuji and Fumiko attempt to dictate their own lives, they quickly “sink into the meshes of the curse” (145) left by their parents. With a reputation that becomes stained by her mother’s disgraceful actions, Fumiko falls as a victim of the Japanese shame culture. My World Literature 2 assignment consists of a series of diary entries written by Kikuji during a span of two years. In these diary entries, I will assess the strength of Kikuji and Fumiko as they face a future that is predetermined by their parents’ actions. Through Kikuji’s diary, I will attempt to demonstrate the influence of the shame culture on Fumiko’s death. The Japanese shame culture is defined as a device used to maintain control over its citizens by creating and reinforcing the feeling of guilt for certain condemned behaviors. Whether or not a person is guilty of a crime, in a shame society, she is dishonored if others believe that she has committed the crime. Japan’s social structure contributes to Fumiko’s eventual death, as she is unable to accept the shame that her mother, Mrs. Ota, has placed on her by making love with Kikuji. My knowledge of the shame culture greatly enhanced my grasp of the conflicts in Thousand Cranes. Because of the culture differences, I had difficulty understanding Mrs. Ota’s impact on Fumiko. In my writing, I will try to compare the differences between Kikuji and Fumiko in facing their parent’s fate. Kikuji and Fumiko play opposing views as they

descriptions of Kikuji’s feelings towards the Fumiko based on his surrounding influences. Though Fumiko does not have the artificial requirements necessary to be considered as a future spouse like the Inumara girl, a key element in the…...

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