A Comparison of the Heat and Cold Imagery Used in Woman at Point Zero and Thousand Cranes

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A Comparison of the Heat and Cold Imagery Used in Woman at Point Zero and Thousand Cranes

In the books Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi, and Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata, both authors use various forms of imagery that reoccur throughout the works. These images are used not to be taken for their literal meanings, but instead to portray a deeper sense or feeling that may occur several times in the book.
One type of imagery that both Saadawi and Kawabata use in their works is heat and cold imagery. In the works, Woman at Point Zero and Thousand Cranes, Nawal El Saadawi and Yasunari Kawabata each use heat and cold imagery to portray the same feelings of love and fear and /or the lack thereof.
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Ota. For instance, “The very face of the Shino, glowing warmly cool, made him think of Mrs. Ota” the previous quote provides an example of how Kawabata uses heat imagery to describe anything that relates to Mrs. Ota or her relationship with Kikuji (Kawabata 137). In addition, sentences like, “The woman in Fumiko’s mother came to him again, warm and naked.” are used to portray the intimate connection that existed between Kikuji and Mrs. Ota (104). Heat and cold imagery is also used to portray intimacy in the following lines from Woman at Point Zero: “We talked very quietly for a long time and when we had said all we had to say, we gave ourselves to one another in a warm embrace” (Saadawi 82).
Nawal El Saadawi and Yasunari Kawabata also use heat and cold imagery in their works in order to display feelings of fear or uneasiness in a character. Usually it is a feeling of coldness that a character feels when he or she becomes scared or afraid. A prime example of this cold feeling due to an uneasiness is how Saadawi refers to the first time she ever hears Firdaus speak as “cutting deep down inside, cold as a knife”(6). Time and time again, Saadawi uses cold imagery to portray a look from the eyes, as in the following sentences which describe the look received by Firdaus from a co-worker, “His look was that of a top executive to a minor official. I felt it land on my head, and then drop down to my body like cold water…” (74). The…