Analysis Of The Poem ' The Elephant Vanishes '

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“The Elephant Vanishes” Analysis “The Elephant Vanishes” is an old Japanese short story that was published in 1993. It was written by an intelligent Japanese author named Murakami Haruki. He is a well-respected writer, who wrote this story by using a clear and calm tone. He uses this technique to develop his theme of unbalance that mixes with reality with a fictional plot. To develop the theme, Haruki creates a strong narrator, who tries to maintain his sanity from feeling unbalance. However, when the narrator could not, he continues to investigate the missing elephant. Later in the story, the narrator noticed how the elephant’s absences changed his behavior, and lost control of himself. Murakami established a strong, effective narrator, symbolism of unbalance, and imagery to portray his theme of unbalance for “The Elephant Vanishes.” Murakami wrote his story that focus on a theme about unbalance. However, what was interesting was that he writes it in first person. The reason why is because he wants his story to feel personal and believable. In this case, he decided to create an unnamed narrator that only refers to itself as “I”. For instance, the narrator always discusses its actions such as “I went to the kitchen” or “I have chosen to set it down…” (Haruki 401). He never seems to reveal who he is, but leaving clues of what kind of person he might be, such as his personality. In “The Elephant Vanishes,” the narrator is the main protagonist without a name, and appears to

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