Natsume Sōseki

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  • Analysis Of My Individualism, By Souseki Natsume

    “I was considering always in my room of the lodging house and besides, felt that it is vain to try. Because reading a lot of books doesn’t indulge my appetite actually, then, I gave it up. At the same time, gradually I couldn’t catch the meaning even myself that what I read the books so much for.” Souseki Natsume wrote this in his essay ‘My individualism’, which retrospect the prehistory of shaping ‘A theory of literature’ and it was the description when he was studying abroad in England in loneliness. He said more that “This time I just realized that there is no way to help myself without building up radically the idea all alone that what a literature is”, “If even western people said that this is a great poetry, has excellent rhythm with due regard, I never should accept it without true sympathies of mine actually, because it must be just their opinion about, though it might be a reference for me a bit.…

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  • Natsume Soseki's My Individualism

    The speech “My Individualism” is spoken by Natsume Soseki when he first time visits to Gakushuin. In his speech, he mentions that the individual should not be erased from the nation. The nation cannot be defined by individualism or nationalism because both of them are the same, and there is no difference between individualism and nationalism. He claims that the relationship between the individual and the nation should be interactive. He indicates that many people think of individualism in bad…

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  • Meiji Japan Analysis

    During the era of Meiji Japan, Japan opened its doors and became influenced by societies like Europe. In Sanshirō: a Novel by Natsume Sōseki, Japan became influenced by Europe’s ideas of individuality and humanism. The people in Meiji Japan believed and accepted to a great extend the European narrative of the Enlightenment of humanism, people being seen as a human who determine their own destiny, individuality, which meant people do what is in their self-interest, people were logical and…

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  • Role Of Women In Kokoro

    Kokoro by Natsume Soseki is one of the most famous novels in modern Japanese literature. The novel is set in Meiji era Japan, a time when Japan became a more modern and Westernized country. Although the modernization of Japan was a welcomed change, many Japanese were torn between the inevitable modernity of their country and their tradition. The modernization of Japan brought about societal changes in the role of women, but similar to the Meiji era, the representation of women in Kokoro were…

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  • Theme Of Dishonesty In Huckleberry Finn

    Dishonesty is a common theme in many works of literature. The denotation of dishonesty will be: When one person is deceptive either by intentionally withholding information or by making a false statement to another with the intent of deceit. In Natsume Sōseki’s 1916 novel Kokoro and Mark Twain’s 1884 novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the main characters have to deal with the dishonesty that occurs in their friendships. In Kokoro, Sensei, after losing everything to his uncle, thus making…

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  • Changing Season Analysis

    There are a countless amount of cultures in the world, each with its individual quirks and ideals, and perhaps the easiest way to understand the numerous amounts of cultures is by examining and reading their literature. There is an enormous amount of information crammed into the poems, books, and plays that share the secrets of their culture. In particular, the book of Kokoro, written by Soseki Natsume, and Changing Seasons, a poem by Princess Nukada, shares with us a culture on an opposite side…

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  • Tanizaki's Essay In Praise Of Shadows

    races... it is natural that we should have chosen cloudy colors... and sunk ourselves back into the shadows... our ancestors cut off the brightness and created a world of shadows”(33). He discussed the cloudiness of all things, natural and man-made, that are a part of the Japanese culture. Then Tanizaki persuades the past infusion of cloudy features was the initial force of appreciation of shadows that has continued today. Tanizaki attempts to persuade his audience to appreciate shadows at the…

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