Analysis Of ' A Hard Boiled Wonderland '

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Self-Reflection in a Hard-Boiled Wonderland Being a part of the west, sometimes it is challenging to see how it can be a negative thing. However, many nations do see westernization as being intrusive. The two very interesting works of literature, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World and The Hell of Mirrors, I chose because one offers an actual scenario driven by fear and the latter can be interpreted as a result of giving in to these fears. In Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, the scenario, is a “Town” full of people who have been stripped of their former identity. The Hell of Mirrors can be used to describe an alternate-Japan that succumbed to its fear of westernization. In this essay, I will be exploring the two works by looking at society in both scenarios, the comparative use of shadows and how they are interpreted differently between the two, and the driving forces of both the GateKeeper as well as the fear of losing cultural identity. Murakami presents the west in an interesting light, and I perceive his Town to be how the Japanese people felt when the United States came in to assist after World War II. After reading Hardboiled Wonderland, I imagine Japan as walled in as well as citizens being given occupations without asking opinions. For example, look at how the DreamReader was stabbed in eyes by the GateKeeper without consent. The DreamReader later says, “did I have a choice?”, which being from a western society I immediately judged

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