Japanese Literature of Death and Hardships

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Kwon 1 Japanese Literature of Death and Hardships By KiHyun (James) Kwon Japanese literature dates back to early 700’s when kanji from China was introduced and writing became possible. Between the 700’s and today, many unique and admirable authors emerged that contributed a lot to the society. Those unique characteristics and writing styles of different authors came from how Japanese society changed over time. The literatures from the Heian period and the Tokugawa period are bound to be different in style. Even stories written in the Meiji period are unique compared to literatures written today. However, a common theme can be found throughout the history of Japanese literatures whether it would be from Meiji or the Edo period: death and hardships. To drive the story and its main character further, most Japanese literature uses this commonly-used theme death and hardships. The theme death and hardships promote character development and provides the readers with a moral and a lesson. This can be seen throughout the different Japanese literatures from different periods like Kokoro by Natsume Soseki, A Woman Writer by Tamura Toshiko, and Naruto by Kishimoto. Kwon 2 In Naruto, death and hardships are the main themes that advance character development throughout the story. Japanese mangas are modern print cartoons that derive from various genres like
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romance, sports, violence, and others. Mangas, like Naruto, contribute greatly to the modern literature in Japan. Like most other Japanese literatures, Kishimoto uses death as a significant theme to drive the plot forward and develop characterization in
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