Literary Analysis of “The Grasshopper and the Bell Cricket” by Yasunari Kawabata

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The story “The Grasshopper and the Bell Cricket”, written by Yasunari Kawabata, is a children’s fiction story that is written in a third person narrative point of view. The author, who sets himself as the narrator, is describing what he sees as he stumbles upon a group of young, neighborhood kids as they frolic along the bank of a stream near dusk time. He points out the extreme care that the children take in creating their lanterns, and he sees the passion and enthusiasm they have while apparently searching for bugs along the bank and in the bushes. As the story goes on, the author moves from a tone of describing and being literal, to a more serious tone that causes some serious thought. He seems to be attempting to convince the audience…show more content…
The narrator describes the prospect of the young kids running around searching for bugs to capture and keep in their lanterns, as if they were their own personal pets. Some kids are merely laughing and giggling as they run around, some children make it a competition to get as many bugs as they can, and some simply admire and enjoy the creatures as they scurry about the floor of the bank. As the story progresses, it seems as if the narrator not only gets attached to walking throughout the play area, but that he also gets emotionally attached to the children. He says that he “felt slightly jealous of the boy, and sheepish” (343) as he shows off his new catch. The young boy claims that he has found a spectacular grasshopper in a nearby bush, and he shouts out to his company that he wants to give it away. He shouts, “Doesn’t anyone want a grasshopper?” (342). As he is waiving his hand around, enclosing the grasshopper, the other children run to his side yelling in order that he may give them the bug. “Does anyone want a grasshopper? A grasshopper!” (342), he continues to shout. His attention turns when he hears the voice of a girl come up behind him. As he turns, he again reminds her that it is a grasshopper. She accepts, and they make the transfer from each other’s hands. The girl’s face lights up when she finally looks at the creature that is in her hands. “Oh! It’s not a grasshopper. It’s a bell cricket” (342). As the children around

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