The narrator for the seventh man should forgive himself for not being able to save K because he did everything he could do to try to save him but he would not listen. In the story the seventh man a huge typhoon strikes the beach with a big boom while the narrator and his friend K were investigating the previous damage from the past wind and rain. The narrator heard the big booms and tried to warn his friend K but he just couldn't K was too interested in whatever he was looking at that he did not hear the yelling or the loud booms.
In the story “The Seventh Man”, While in the eye of the storm, K. and the ‘7th Man” take a walk down to the beach, K. finds himself interested in some items that washed up on the shore, and the “7th Man” was just enjoying the breeze. Moments later the “7th Man” hears this loud, rumbling noise and sprints back toward inland, he then yells at K., he didn't hear him. Just as K. heard the “7th Man”, a huge wave comes up and takes him away. Long story short the “7th Man” moves away from his hometown, and moves away to Nagano Province to escape his fears. After 40 years he builds his courage to return to his hometown to realize that his fear is no longer there. So, yes, he should forgive himself for failing to save K., the whole thing happened so fast, The “7th Man” didn’t have time to go back and save K.. There are some things in life
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
Primarily, K’s personality is described as kind, shy, yet artistic. K had such a kind personality, I feel that he would have wanted the seventh man to forgive himself, and live a long/happy life. Such kindness should have been considered when the seventh man thought of the event.
He felt the guilt long enough, and had to forgive himself. It didn’t only affect himself...it affected his friends and family too. What had happened was not his fault. It was a fluke of luck. Why K. unfortunately died and the Seventh Man did not will remain a mystery. Everything happens for a reason. With that said, the Seventh Man needed to forgive himself. He may have been alive, but he wasn’t living a much different life then K. He was alive, but was not living. Therefore, it was only right that the Seventh Man forgave
the narrator it was not at all his fault that K had died. He should have been able to forgive himself. A great story to source is “The Moral Logic of Survivor's Guilt.”The story explains what survivor guilt is. “The classic scenario is not so much one of good luck (as in survivors guilt), but of bad luck, typically having to do with accidents where again, there is little or no culpability for the harms caused”(Sherman 154). In the narrator of “The seventh man” case K had tragically died in a typhoon. He felt that it was his fault that K had been swallowed when in reality, if he had tried to save K he would have died himself. There was no way he could have saved K. The narrator should be able to forgive himself for not running after K. It was an accident, peer bad timing though he feels as if it was his fault. Even though the narrator of the story had watched K die, he should have been able to forgive himself because of the simple fact that it was not his
Time moves so quickly for people in these cases so they have to think fast, but also what’s the right decision. They don’t have the time to process the information with the scene that is happening at the moment and often people don’t realize if it is the right decision or not until it is too late. In situations like these, everyone feels stress to the point where they have no other option until it is too late when they make their final choice like what happened in “The Seventh Man” about their situation with the wave. “My feet, though, which knew what was about to happen, turned away from my willin exactly the opposite direction. I ran away to the breakwater alone. I guess it was the overwhelming fear that made me do it. It robbed me of my voice, but it got my feet moving well enough. I fled stumbling across the soft sand beach and, arriving there, turned to shout at K” (Murakami 5). This shows how the situation the seventh man was in was happening so quickly that his brain couldn’t process what to do at the moment until when it was too late that he realized he could’ve made a different choice.
The Seventh Man was unsuccessful in saving his childhood friend, K. In spite of his lack of success, he should not have to live with
There are many situations in which people feel like they’re at fault for the death of a loved one, or a good friend. Many of these cases, to this day, involve soldiers who have seen the terrors and tragedies of war, and have watched their companions get killed in the line of fire, while they survived. In the story, “The Moral Logic of Survivor Guilt,” the author, Nancy Sherman, talks about what survivor guilt is, and why some people suffer from it. “The guilt begins an endless loop of counterfactuals- thoughts that you could have or should have done otherwise, though in fact, you did nothing wrong.” (Sherman, 153) Sherman’s statement relates back to “The Seventh Man,” and how the narrator feels guilty for not saving K. even though there was nothing that could’ve been done to help. The Seventh Man has thoughts about what he could have done, and different things he could have said to save K. but in the end, he feels guilty for nothing.
It is simple to argue that the Seventh Man should not forgive himself for failing to save K. One may assert that the narrator could have physically warned K. by giving him a slight shove or patting him on the back. Although this is logical, if one were to literally put him or herself in the Seventh Man’s situation, he or she would recognize the overwhelming amount of thoughts running through his head in the moment. In “The Key to Disaster Survival? Friends and Neighbors,” Shankar Vedantam reports about a 2004
The narrator of “The Seventh Man” should seek forgiveness in himself. Not only is forgiving yourself an essential thing that keeps our lives going, but in his circumstances, there wasn’t much more to do to help his friend.
The seventh man should forgive himself because K is his best friend and he wouldn't want the Seventh Man to hate himself for the mistake he made. K will understand because the
A handful of people will agree that the Seventh Man left K. intentionally and let him die. For example, (evidence). Thus, what killed K. was the “wave like a huge snake with its held wanted him to die” (138). Furthermore, it was impossible for the narrator to save K. because he was “ten yards” away from him. Therefore, if he tried to run up to him and save him both of them could’ve died. In addition, although, the narrator failed on saving K., he was traumatized and had a difficulty moving on with his life. For example, “I was burning with fever, and my mind was clouded… been asleep for three days… vomited several times, and had bouts of delirium… in my dreams, K. would hop out of his capsule in the wave and grab my waist to drag me inside him...I never married… never went to swim in a pool… wouldn’t go near deep rivers or lakes…” (139-141). Others might conclude that the seventh man deserves everything he’s been through. However, this proves that the Seventh Man was miserable and couldn’t live life to the fullest because of the
“agent regret”(Sherman page 155). This is when you think you are responsable for the death of someone but, there was nothing you could have done still, you feel responsable for that person death. “Just down to the beach”(Murakami page 136). He took his friend to the beach during a typhoon, which led to the death of his friend. He was the one who was responsable for the death of his friend.”Hurry, K! Get out of there”( Murakami page 138). He had yelled to his friend to try and help him but, there was no response.”I was frozen in fear”(Murakami page 138). He new a wave was coming and faild to act to save his friend , which is what got his best friend K
Should the narrator of “The Seventh Man’ forgive himself for his failure of saving K?