The Bonfire and Separate Ways

The Bonfire and Separate Ways - are a lot more relatable....

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The first piece was 'The Bonfire' by Kunikida Doppo. How exactly would you this work? The lack of quotation marks and the seemingly erroneous first paragraphs speak to a more poetic style. What other elements compare (or contrast) with the poetry we have looked at so far? What themes and ideas does 'The Bonfire' contain? How do all the pieces of the story fit together to address these ideas? And just because it still bugs me, what is up with those first five paragraphs? Of everything we have read so far, 'Separate Ways' is by far one of the most digestible. For a start, it is written just like any Western short story, and the characters and setting
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Unformatted text preview: are a lot more relatable. But besides the obvious marks of Japanese culture (what happens at an umbrella shop anyway?), what are some more subtle ways in which this story is like the other literature we have read. Specifically, how would this story, which at its heart is a simple sort of love story, be treated differently coming from a Western author? That is all I can really think to ask at the moment. Again, I am sorry this went out so late, and I hope this actually reaches everybody since I think I did it wrong. Anyway, see you all in class tomorrow.-Ben Holmes...
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