Patricia Abrudan Protocol for November 2/4 Last week in class the last part of The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe was discussed and the movie Little Miss Sunshine should have been viewed. The class was able to come to the conclusion that there is not a lot of reflection in the book The Woman in the Dunes. Abe leaves the reader with many unanswered questions like why the people live in the dunes just cleaning up sand and why they would want to trap Jumpei in the first place. Jumpei appears to be not surprised to find people just living in the sand. The lack of reflection also reminded the class of Kafka's metamorphosis in which the main character wakes up as a giant insect but rather than reflect on this he is worried how he is going to get to work. It also was apparent that Jumpei is quick to criticize everyone else but this makes him very hypocritical. In other words, he criticizes everyone else but really, in essence, he is doing the same thing that everyone else is doing. He was living his life mindlessly searching for a new species of beetle to define himself rather than reflecting or living in the present. Jumpei also never says anything that indicates he will change his way of living if only he were able to get out of the hole. This constant state of
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