mizoguchi vs meursalt

mizoguchi vs meursalt - Lauryn Soorani COLT 382g 11/20/08...

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Lauryn Soorani COLT 382g 11/20/08 Mizoguchi vs. Meursault In reading Yukio Mashima’s, “The Temple of the Golden Pavilion” one may notice strong similarities between Mizoguchi, and Meursault of Albert Camus’, “The Stranger.” The two share an interesting and arguably Taoist rejection of the social codes dictated by their societies, which in turn alienates both characters from their peers. In addition, it is through highly destructive crimes that both characters are led on a path towards internal peace which they both achieve as the two novels are drawn to a close. The peculiarity of these similarities is heightened when one takes note of their drastically different personalities. In contrast to Mizoguchi’s self-loathing and rage towards those around him, Meursault lives his life psychologically removed from everything around him. “The Temple of the Golden Pavilion” tells the story of the disturbed young Zen acolyte Mizoguchi, as he narrates his life from his middle school years up until the age of twenty-one. From the start of the novel it is apparent that Mizoguchi sees himself as an outsider to the world around him, describing himself as ugly and weak, and drawing immense insecurity from his stutter. As a result of his low self-esteem and speech impediment, the other children viewed him as an easy target and teased him incessantly. Alienated from those around him, Mizoguchi drew himself into his own world, focusing himself on his father’s stories of the Temple of the Golden Pavilion in Tokyo. For years
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his father regaled him with tales of the temple’s beauty, turning it into a vision of unmatchable splendor to which Mizoguchi would compare most everything. As his father came to realize his death was looming overhead, he finally brought Mizoguchi to see the temple for the first time, but upon their arrival Mizoguchi found himself disenchanted. Standing in front of him was not the magnificent beauty he had been told of for so long, but it’s decayed remains. “The temple aroused no emotion within me. It was merely a small, dark, old, three-storied building . . . Not only did the building fail to strike me as beautiful, but I even had a sense of disharmony and restlessness. Could beauty, I wondered, be as unbeautiful a thing as this? i ” Despite his initial disappointment, a new appreciation for the temple eventually began to grow inside him and by his father’s request he went on to continue his education at the temple, becoming an acolyte under the care of the temple’s superior, Father Dosen. Upon moving to the Temple Mizoguchi developed a friendship with Tsurukawa, a young acolyte whose likeable and joyful disposition contrasted heavily with his melancholy personality. The friendship faded away however as the boys began their schooling as their Otani University and Mizoguchi found himself in a new relationship with the clubfooted Kashiwagi. The two shared similarly misanthropic views of the world around them and faced similar challenges as a result of their handicaps, but unlike
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