Simulacra and Simulation, Kafka on the Shore, Hoshino
Surviving in the modern civilization and being "chased by the storm" is the main challenge of today's young people. The boy named Crow is a central character of the "Kafka on the Shore", and it is evident that the author has used recent ideology to build up the narratives and the views of the people featured. The below review would feature some of the ideas and postmodern views that exist in both "Kafka on the Shore" and Baudrillard's "Simulacra and Simulation". The reconstruction of the identity is the main topic of both of the books, however, the tools the authors use are somewhat different and express the ideas in a different way. (Wattanagun and Chotiudompant, 2009).
Hoshino is depicted as an alienated person, who does not belong and does not even see the importance of relating to other people. The construction of identity through signs and items is present in the book, band in the modern civilization, these items can be simple products, memory and narrative as well. (Wattanagun and Chotiudompant, 2009) Therefore, past and thoughts can determine one's perception of their own identity. The fifteen year old boy naming himself after Kafka is a great example of intertextuality, reference and identification. Similarly to Baudrillard, who says: "We require a visible past, a visible continuum, a visible myth of origin, which reassures us about the end" (p. 9.), the narrator takes different items from his father's drawer, apart from the money.
[...] Just like the meaningless media does. media are producers not of socialization, but exactly the opposite, of the implosion of the social in the masses”. (Baudrillard, p.55.) 3. Disillusionation and alienation Alienation is the lack of connecting to society and others, as it has previously been examined. Alienation of the self is also featured by “Kafka on the Shore”, when we can see that there is no meaning of one's appearance anymore. However, Baudrillard confirms that alienation usually follows a particular order of signs and symptoms. [...]
[...] Kafka on the Shore Surviving in the modern civilization and being “chased by the storm” is the main challenge of today's young people. The boy named Crow is a central character of the “Kafka on the Shore”, and it is evident that the author has used recent ideology to build up the narratives and the views of the people featured. The below review would feature some of the ideas and postmodern views that exist in both “Kafka on the Shore” and Baudrillard's “Simulacra and Simulation”. [...]
[...] There is no way a person is able to escape from the effects of the processes and the fake messages, memories, experiences and emotions they are surrounded by. References Murakami, H. (2005) Kafka on the Shore. Vintage Baudrillard, J. (1994) Simulacra and Simulation. Michigan. Wattanagun , K., Chotiudompant, S. (2009) The quest and reconstruction of identity in Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore. Manusyan Journals. p.26-39. Tinghui, H. [...]
[...] (2009) AText of Negotiation: National Identity in Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore. Colloquium on Diaspora and Asian Fiction. Japan: The First World or the ThirdWorld? Online. [...]
[...] Nakata is not connected to the real world and does not even know what the time is. For him, his own sense of time is more reliable than a watch. He distances himself from the modern world, and becomes alienated this way. However, others, who surround themselves with items of no meaning but empty signals get to the point where they feel disconnected, as well. Escaping to the other side is similar to the processes that are set out by Baudrillard, explaining the media, Disneyland, news and anger production which try to imitate connection and relationships, as well as emotions. [...]
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