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Effects of Isolation on Individuals Isolation seemed to be a terminal disease as illustrated by the characters in the novel. In the initial parts of the novel, the characters led normal lives. The former part of the novel features individuals who lead normal lives, despite the introduction of the western education in the Japanese society. K is a symbol of uncertainty and confusion. This is represented by the dilemma he faces in dropping the Japanese values and substituting them with Western norms and beliefs. The second part of the book highlights the climax of the dilemma. K, being a symbol of what the students face while adopting western education, represents the challenges the students’ face. K feels the pressures of life, having to adopt a new culture while supporting an ailing father. His
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Surname 5 loneliness strikes twice when he loses his father to death, and his best friend becomes engaged. A lonely K eventually commits suicide, caused by the state of isolation and being lonely. Sensei remains strong for some time, feeling responsible for K’s death. Sensei soon loses everyone he loves, and decides as a man, to end his life. He established that K committed suicide due to loneliness, and he also follows suit. The effects of isolation and loneliness on individuals in Japan is often suicide. Conclusion Kokoro demonstrates the extent to which the feelings of isolation and loneliness destroy an individual’s life in the Japanese setting. Societal and cultural changes are factors that lead to isolation, as individuals feel left out in the process of adopting the new cultures. The eventual cause of isolation in Japan as demonstrated in the book is death. The loneliness has no cure, and not even friendship or love can act as a therapy, to help save a lonely individual.
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Surname 6 Works Cited Harding, Christopher. "Introduction." Religion and Psychotherapy in Modern Japan (2014): 21- 44. Journal. Soseki, Natsume and Edwin McClellan. Kokoro. Translated by Edwin McClellan . Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1957. Book. Soseki, Natsume. Kokoro . Courier Corporation, 2012. Book. Wilson, George M. Patriots and Redeemers in Japan: Motives in the Meiji Restoration . University of Chicago Press, 1992. Book.
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  • Summer '16
  • tom mboya
  • Sociology, japan, Empire of Japan, Culture of Japan, Meiji period

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