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IS_220_March_31_Kokoro_additional_quotes - IS 220 March 26...

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IS 220 March 31, 2008 March 26 Natsume S seki, ō Kokoro March 28 Natsume S seki, ō Kokoro Response paper #2 12 March 31 World War II Morton, Modern Japanese Culture , Sel. (ERes) Prior to discussing Kokoro: How are the following social relationships portrayed in the novel? Which characters embody them and what problems occur in modern society to de-stabilize these relationships? (1) ruler to ruled (2) father to son (the most important – why?) (3) husband to wife (4) elder brother to younger brother (5) friend to friend.
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- “I’s” alienation from father and family - The benefits and drawbacks of education - The death of the Meiji Emperor - General Nogi’s death - The relationship between brothers
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Sensei’s “obligation” to write I have lived in such a way as to free my life  of obligation. But this is not because I have  not it in me to feel a sense of obligation  towards others. Rather, it is because I feel it   so sharply that I have led such a negative kind   of life . I am not strong enough to bear the  pains that it inflicts on one. You will  understand, then, that if I had not kept my  promise to you I should have felt very uneasy.  …apart from any sense of obligation, there is  the simple reason that I want to write about  my past. Since my past was experienced only  by me, I might be excused if I regarded it as  my property, and mine alone. And is it not  natural that I should want to give this thing,  which is mine, to someone before I die? At  least, that is how I feel. On the other hand, I  would rather see it destroyed, with my life,  than offer it to someone who does not want  it. In truth, if there had not been such a  person as you, my past would never have  become known, even indirectly, to anyone. To  you alone, then, among the millions of  Japanese, I wish to tell my past. For you are  sincere; and because once you said in all  sincerity that you wished to learn from life  itself. 
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Moral darkness and the need to “cut one’s  heart out”  When I speak of darkness, I mean moral   darkness. For I was born an ethical creature,   and I was brought up to be an ethical man.   True, my ethics may be different from those   of the young men of today. But they are at   least my own . I did not borrow them for the  sake of convenience as a man might a dress  suit. It is for this reason that I think you, who  wish to grow, may learn something from my  experience. In the end, you asked me to spread out my 
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