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Unformatted text preview: Patricia Abrudan On The Woman in the Dunes The story The Woman in the Dunes by Kobe Abe is a fictional story that shows philosophy in a different light than other philosophical texts. This book translated from Japanese illustrates how a man's understanding of himself changes along with his environment. Throughout the novel the idea of sand and insects seem to reveal to the man a deeper understanding of his existence. Sand is a very important part of Abe's novel because it is what the environment surrounding the main character is. The main character (Jumpei) is a school teacher who's favorite hobby is to collect insects. In the beginning of the novel, Jumpei views himself from an outside perspective and appears to not really have a reason for living except to collect bugs. Jumpei travels into the desert looking for a new species of insect that he can classify in order to name it after himself. It appears that he does this in hopes that he may gain a sense of self from it. By concentrating his thoughts on the surrounding bugs in hopes that he may gain a sense of self from it....
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