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On Haruki Murakami and Norwegian Wood

Author LiHuiZhen
Tutor GuLingZuo
School Harbin University of Science and Technology
Course Japanese Language and Literature
Keywords Haruki Murakami Norwegian Wood loneliness
Type Master's thesis
Year 2007
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Haruki Murakami plays an important role in the Japanese literature field, and brings a far-reaching influence to the modern Japanese literature and thought. The study of Haruki Murakami and his work is beneficial for our better understanding of the spirit and thought of the young people in Japan and even of the world.This thesis discusses Haruki Murakami’s emergence in Japanese literature field, the characteristics of the works of Haruki Murakami, and his relationship with the American literature. Haruki Murakami emerges in a time when modern Japanese literature is not prosperous and his new style opens up a new way of modern Japanese literature .As a Japanese writer, Haruki Murakami is more interested in American literature. They are the American writers such as Scott Fitzgerald, Kurt Vonnegut, Stephen King etc. that deeply affect him on conceiving style and sensation. Based on the study of the author, this thesis studies the background, the intention and the realism of Norwegian Wood.Besides this, the life and death of the characters, the author Haruki Murakami, and the feeling of loneliness as well as some other aspects are further discussed. The author of the work narrates through first person“I”, and tells the love stories between the two hostesses, Naoko and Midori. Then he describes the bother of modern young people in the spirit aspect by elegant sentimental tongue.“I”is seemed to be the narrator on the surface, but actually all the figures in the novel tell their bother to“I”to get some consolation and therapy for their soul, so“I”is also the audience.Each character in this novel has lived in the shade of the death.They have fought lonely and sometimes hurt in the life full of the sense of death. Finally, they have obtained something, become stronger and get the courage to live on. Every one in this novel is lonely and autistic. They can not open their hearts to others, but can only live in their own lonely world. People can also find the loneliness of Haruki Murasaki himself from the characters of the novel. His loneliness is the result of his age in which materials are abundant while the spirit of people is very empty. Haruki Murakami not only describes the loneliness and choiceless state of the contemporary Japanese young people, but also shows people from this a kind of attitude towards loneliness.

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