Kitchen By Banana Yoshimoto : The Story Of The Kitchen Analysis

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The most merciless aspect of life is that it continues on even in the lives of significant others even after the death of the loved ones. In the novella ‘Kitchen’, the theme of alleviating the pain of losing family members is well illustrated by the author, Banana Yoshimoto. The novella, written in 1988, tells a story about a young girl, Mikage, who heals from the grief of her grandmother’s death, through and by helping her friend, Yuichi, to recover. The author seamlessly expresses significant changes in the characters, from despair to restoration, by depicting how people may look for comfort in such unusual ways. In the Japanese culture, the kitchen is representative of the family or household; it is analogous to the term ‘hearth’ in…show more content…
The love that the kitchen symbolizes in this novella is the love for the true bliss of human beings and the love that leads to a bond of trust and gratitude based on all relationships, and has the power to substantialize happiness beyond loneliness and impotence of finite human life. Mikage’s parents died during Mikage’s childhood, and her grandmother’s death came to her today, which eventually leaves Mikage all alone. A young man acquainted with Mikage’s grandmother, Yuichi Tanabe, suggests that Mikage live in his house until she can overcome the inexorable time of solitude. Yuichi’s mother, Eriko, is a beautiful transsexual woman whom Mikage was once attracted to. She was originally Yuichi’s father, Yuji; Yuji became Eriko after the death of Yuichi’s real mother. The novella is also about the strange coexistence of the three people: Mikage, Yuichi, and Eriko. Moving into Yuichi’s home helped Mikage survive the grief caused by her grandmother’s passing and made her acknowledge how to carry on with a decent life. Eriko regarded Mikage as her own child; when Eriko complemented Mikage for being such a good kid, Mikage was so moved because being known as a good child was so infrequent in her life. This one-sentence complement was not long, but the significance of it had solid energy to comfort a vulnerable child. Every child desires to be cherished by their parents and get a positive

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