Name: Instructor: Course: Date: South of the Border West of the Sun In this novel we get to know much about the life of Hajime a male character and how he relates to other characters. His life is well explained and specifically the events with his friend Shimamoto. This novel mainly articulates issues associated with the madness of male characters towards their associations with female counterparts. The three major female characters are Yukiko Shimamoto and Izumi. Yukiko got married to Hajime when she was 30 years old. The author of the novel points out how Yukiko felt about Hajime. Yukiko says that his former husband was self-centered. He only paid attention to his feelings. Hajime needed her to stay according to the traditional norms and beliefs (Murakami and Gabriel 92). Her role as a wife to Hajime is not well explained. She turns out to be a woman who husband to a resting husband. She is loyal and her love is the most consistent among all other characters in the novel. Shimamoto means ‘one who is from an island.’ An island is a land that is in the center of a water mass. This is symbolic in the sense that she is lame and other people look at her as being different from them. Izumi means a fountain. A fountain can be so attractive when staring at it. Izumi was young and beautiful. She is later a changed girl who suffers grief and regrets for loving Hajime who betrays their love. Through symbolism the author has successfully developed the main characters to achieve his goal. Works Cited Mui Alexander. Army & Navy Academy: History of the West Point of the West. N.p. 2017. Print. Murakami Haruki and Philip Gabriel. South of the Border West of the Sun. N.p. 2014. Print. [...]
Essay 2Prompt South of the Border, West of the Sun Choose one of the following options for our essay: 1.Write an essay in which you explore the journeys and developments Hajime and Shimamoto. Use a literary theory (I recommend structuralism or psychoanalysis)to analyze the self-knowledge and self-awareness that Hajime and Shimamoto gain or fail to realize by the end of the novel. 2.Explore the relations of female characters in the novel: Yukiko, Shimamoto and Izumi. Use Psychoanalysis and/or Feminism to explain the significance of each character to Hajime in the novel.How are the women constructed and how do their characters relate to the overall meaning of the novel. Length Requirement: 5-6 page (not counting Works Cited page) MLA format required. Must use at least one outside source (Tyson is okay to use). You may use other outside sources as well if you find it helpful in your development.