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Dealing With and Conquering Grief in Banana Yoshimoto's Books, Kitchen and Midnight Shadows

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Dealing With and Conquering Grief
Following the loss of a loved person, a person usually begins a period where they grieve over the loss of that person. While grieving, a person usually has a hard time accepting that a beloved person is truly gone. A personal activity is usually apparent during this time, and while this activity is usually connected to the person that they have lose, it helps a person deal with the tragedy that has fallen upon them. This idea is apparent in the stories Kitchen and “Moonlight Shadow”, both of which written by Banana Yoshimoto. Throughout both Kitchen and “Moonlight Shadow”, it is clear that grief is the stage when an individual is in denial over a beloved persons, and while there are a number of different ways in order to cope with the grief, the only way to overcome grief for good is by accepting the fact that the individual who passed away is gone. Perhaps the most prominent example of this idea occurs during Kitchen, following the death of Mikage’s grandmother. Following the death of her grandmother, Mikage spends a large amount of time in her kitchen, where she feels most comfortable. Mikage states that after her grandmother’s death, “the hum of the refrigerator kept me from thinking of my loneliness” (6). In order to help comfort herself after losing a close relative, Mikage decides to stay in the kitchen, where she feels most comfortable as it is the place in her home that provides her with fond memories of her
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