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Unformatted text preview: values of modern civilization. Sensai now recognizes himself as an “anachronism” following the end of the Meiji era—he finds dignity in suicide after the death of the Meji emperor (and inspiration by the long awaited suicide of General Nogi), marking the true end of his time; Sensai respectfully follows his “lord to the grave.” While Sensai and K turn inward in their despair, Father instead voices his opposition to the departure from tradition. He remains concerned with his reputation in the community—citing his obligations to Confucian relationships. He criticizes his son for not being self-reliant and his children for abandoning their parents. And because he chooses to live, he suffers from terrible sickness, and is ultimately abandoned by his own son—epitomizing the death of the traditional era....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course EAST 233 taught by Professor Keenan during the Fall '07 term at Denison.
- Fall '07