Theme Of Memory In Spirited Away

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In Miyazaki’s Spirited Away the role of memory allows a person, river or spirit to leave the spirit world and assume one’s original identity and name in which Youbaba takes from you. Throughout the story Haku reminds Sen to remember that her true name is Chihiro. If Sen forgets that she is Chihio, then she will never be able to leave and Haku is in that position. Also Chihiro’s memory also keeps her attached to her parents because if she forgets which pigs are parents, then she will not be able to save them. Memory serves a purpose further than merely names though. Sen must remember the qualities that are true to who she is, even though her name has changed. Haku is an example of what happens when one forgets who he is. He forgets his name …show more content…
The story ends with the city of Kahani remembering its name and the people and city are happy again (Rushdie,208). A reader can draw that remembering one’s identity brings happiness. Looking further into the story there are multiple layers of the power of memory and how memory is affected. The main plot of the story is Haroun’s quest to help his father regain his talent to tell stories. Part of the reason Rashid Kalife has last the talent of telling stories is because his wife disappeared with a clerk and Rashid is depressed and he is forever stuck on 11 am just like his son, despite in the story the reason for his loss of ability to tells stories was his story water was cut off (Rushdie ,57). The power of memory allows one to stay true to oneself in the face of adversity. When Rashid forgets his identity because of all the misfortune that has befallen on his family, his ability to tell stories disappears. When Haroun helps his father regain the joy that he has forgotten the ability to tell stories returns. The joy that Haroun brings to his father is wishing for his mother’s return (Rushdie, 210). The power of memory is what allows a person to stay true to their identity even when faced with hardship. Without memory one can easily become another person because of the hardships one …show more content…
The movie begins with Chihiro in the car with her parents and she is devastated about having to move to a new home and leave behind everything that she has always known. Initially, her parents ignore her whining and her mother is very dismissive of Chihiro’s fears. However, once Chihiro and her parents enter the theme park the tables quickly turn and Chihiro has more self-control and is more observant of the potential danger of trespassing at an abandoned amusement park than her parents. After Chihiro’s parents are turned into pigs, there are many moments in the movie that highlight the struggles of growing up and Spirited Away is unique in that Chihiro is forced to grow up quickly because of the poor decisions of her parents. The first struggle that Chihiro faces is when she becomes Sen and she has to take a job in the bath house. It is evident that she works ineffectively in comparison to the adults. This is a challenge every young person faces when thrown into the work world because older adults have already become seasoned and understand how the work world works. Thus, by experience older adults naturally have a leg up and do not typically work as hard to do the same amount of work. The second task that pushes Chihiro to grow up is when she has to apologize for Haku and make things right with Zeniba in order to save Haku’s life. Apologizing on behalf of someone else who has committed a grievous

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