Analysis Of ' Kafka On The Shore ' And Once The Storm Essay

1573 Words Aug 14th, 2015 7 Pages
How We Change to Survive and How Survival Changes Us
Haruki Murakami wrote in his novel, Kafka on the Shore, “And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” Difficulties in life, no matter how big or small, will always have some effect on aspects of your identity. That’s why, what’s most important about “storms,” as Haruki symbolizes, is the way they change your character. Depending on the extremity of your challenge, you can see impacts on your morals, values, beliefs, characteristics; everything that makes you who you are. This is because challenges are tests to your character. They can force you to come to grips with aspects of yourself that you have never explored or accepted before. In Life of Pi written by Yann Martel, Pi Patel, the protagonist, has to deal with a succession of obstacles after the ship he was taking to Canada sinks in middle of the Pacific Ocean. In order to survive the incessant physical and mental challenges of being stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with a tiger as his only companion, Pi has to alter his characteristics, morals, and beliefs.
In order for Pi to regain territory of the lifeboat and survive the constant threat of being eaten by Richard Parker, a Bengal tiger that survived the…

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