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Forgiveness In The Seventh Man

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Life, as we all know is saturated with misfortune. Most of us are able to go through these and learn from and exempt ourselves. Yet, this isn’t always the case. People are faced with bone riveting experiences that often take a long time to get over, if they ever do get over it. These episodes brew in our brain popping up at the most random points often bringing our tone down. Although these experiences may scare us and fill us with ruefulness and penitence, we can’t continue to live in the past and let these regrets habituate us. Self forgiveness is a remedy to healing and to moving on in life, no matter how hard it is. In “The Seventh Man” the narrator hassles with forgiveness after losing his friend K in a barbarous storm. This event led to many issues for the narrator, he stated, “ It just barely missed me, but in my place it swallowed everything that mattered most to me and swept it off to another world. I took years to find it again and to recover from the experiences(Murakami, 133).” These issues get so bad that they leaked into his dreams. K ends up pulling the seventh man into the wave. This acts as a symbol of how the seventh man feels. He feels he should’ve died after his friend’s death. This is better known as agent regret. He ended up, “Regretting that the weather is bad(Sherman, 155).” Although this might serve as a simple statement it has much complexity behind it. He ended up regretting living and wishing he died. That just shows how a tragic event can
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