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Kokoro Prompt - Kokoro Prompt East Asian Cultures Critical...

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Kokoro Prompt East Asian Cultures Fall 2009 Rzonca Critical Essay on Kokoro : In addition to the handout I gave you about how to write a critical essay on a novel, I thought it might be helpful to make some suggestions specific to this novel, Kokoro . Of course, you should re-read the original handout and the comments and suggestions I wrote on your first essay. I think those comments can be enormously helpful to you as student writers. Many of the themes found in Family are also present in Kokoro , but in quite a different way, perhaps in a more subdued, subterranean form or as a shadow. Issues of gender roles, young people trying to understand their place in the world and deal with life after graduation, filial piety, modernization, and suicide are also there, but not so obvious as they are in Family . So much of what is going on in the novel is missing or already happened, or not explicitly stated. You need to keep that in mind and reflect on the meaning of the events in the novel after finishing it. You also need to read carefully for subtle hints.
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