Critiques for Stories
Coming from, China, a poor country then compared to Japan, he and his brother were forced to go to Japan to seek for better education, which will eventually lead to a better life. There is so much feeling of anxiousness in his heart. The narrator seems to look at things, always on the negative side. He never seeks for contentment.
As he walks back going to his home he begins to feel calm. There seems to be a change of heart, because of the beautiful weather, he vividly described the beauty of the plants and the flowers which seemed to have touched his heart. Indeed, the beauty of Japan is undeniable, that no matter how uncomfortable you are right now, or how unwelcome you think you are, the beauty of the Japanese scenery will even for a while, change your heart and mind.
In my opinion, the narrator experiences the terrible sense of home sickness. And the simplicity of his home, compared to the somewhat faster paced Japanese setting makes him feel out of touch. Maybe it is a normal feeling, being so young and being away from home, and imagining the expectations of family members back home, it is sometimes uncontrollable to be hard on oneself.
According to the narrator, when all else fails, you can conveniently go back to nature, be in its bosom. And I think this applies to all cultures. When people mention about soul searching, they usually go back to nature, or intoxicate themselves with breathtaking views. Probably because we receive gratification from it without giving up part of ourselves, or with no consideration at all. It is very much for free. And it does not discriminate. Anyone can enjoy it. Whether you are rich or poor, educated or not, its beauty will remain present. And it does not want anything from you. And by looking at or going back to nature, we somehow feel very much in control, mainly because, we have the power over it, no matter how little, we can ruin it, or enhance it, even in our own little way.
The narrator seems to experience attention deficit disorder. He reads out of sequence. He grows easily tired of the book. And few days later, he would pick up a new one. His restlessness becomes reflected in his habits and way of life.
Whenever his Japanese classmates would joke around, he always thinks that it is at his expense. Thus, the gap between him and his classmates grow everyday. And probably it as his own personal perception of things. it really has nothing to do with how the classmates feel about him. At this stage he begins to sink in his own melancholia.
He didn’t have the courage to talk to the Japanese girls. He despised himself for not having the courage to do so. He is in agony for being a China man. Despite the fact that the young girls smiled at him, while he was in contemplation in his bed, he felt as if the smile was not meant for him, or the smile was a way of mockery. And again, this maybe because of the fact that he begins to sink in his own melancholia.
He is 21 years old, sad and lonely, experiencing the prime of his youth in a foreign place and he cannot express his love of the opposite sex. At one point he feels he needs to find a woman to fill in the gap that he is experiencing, otherwise his melancholia will continue on,
A lot of authors say that we have no control over so many things in life, and yet we have full control over how he will react and how we will feel about a certain situation. The