Literature Dissertation Chapter Paper on Asian Literature Interpretation Assignment

Asian Literature Interpretation Assignment

The narration ‘The Stones Cry Out’ by Hikaru Okuizumi depicts the impact of a traumatic war experience that took place between a man and his family. In this story, Tsuyoshi Manase is a private individual in Japanese who encounters pain and hardship. He experienced difficulties when he took part in the close of World War II where he went into hiding in Philippines’ Leyte Island with soldiers.  

Based on this tale, my feelings on culpability of Manase are that he was not part of killings that are evident in the text. First and foremost, the author does not state clearly in novel the individual who murdered Manase’s son but he is perceived as a suspect. In this regard, we have no right to prove that Manase caused deaths hence not guilty of the offence. The role of the battle in this novel is to symbolize the efforts of soldiers to evade cruelty in society. The war depicts significance of individuals in being responsible and accountable towards others. In addition, it is an essential aspect that contributes to modernism that initiates a new start which eradicates the past restriction.  The structure of the story is not reliable and a good example is clear when the author fails to show what happened to Manase in war. The reason is because the writer didn’t want to use his traumatic experiences but wanted readers to understand how the society shifted to modernism.

To Manase, the captain is a key figure in the narration who contributed to his foundational trauma. This is apparent when he ordered the able bodied individuals in groups to kill soldiers who could not take care of themselves. As a result, this contributed to murder of Manase’s son in the process hence caused him pain. In this story, the lance corporeal is one of the fighters who were supposed to be killed because he was weak and couldn’t take care of himself.  Manase is guilt ridden or even haunted by these figures when he is compelled to act past events that he can’t recall using his family members as substitutes.

 Furthermore, it haunts him most when learn that his eldest son Hiroaki is brutally killed. The memories of these torturing occurrences intrude him through vivid nightmares after the dissociated experience. After his second’s son death due to suicidal war that involved solders, he is filled with guilt that makes him to revisit the scene to tackle and get over his deepest fears. In this book, the stone symbolizes significant objects that kept the history of the universe in writings.

They reflected men who saw the outcome of Japan’s mobilization of war at the battlefield. Stones bring forth memories of destruction, violence and entire war experience and how this contributed to modernism in Japan. His unconscious state also contributes in bringing back memories about the war especially when he recalls about the last moments he spent at the cave.  He remembers lying beside the lance corporal who was dying and talking about stones and the captain revealing about the campfire. This state of unconsciousness also makes him recall when he was collecting small stones at the river side.

Manase is unreliable in the rest of his civilian life because of the trauma he experienced during the war. This makes it difficult for him to cope with civilian life as he is so masked that he fails to remember the war in a decisive manner. As a result, memories haunt him through confusing and unreliable nightmares. In this regard, he is masked throughout his civilian life that he hides his past life in an unintentional way.

Manase is not a good husband or father because he fails to take care of his family well causing his sons’ death.  Furthermore, he blames his wife after realizing the death of his son and divorces her which proves he is not a good husband. This is significant to the meaning of the book because it portrays unreliability in both his civilian and experience in war. The scene whereby Manase finds himself strangling his wife is significant in that it reveals how irresponsible he was to his family. The manner in which Manase’s son died in the cave is suspicious that some critics assert that it resembles his war experience. In this regard, the author convinces the readers to believe that he killed his son.

 Based on my perspective, I oppose this statement because there is no place in the book that supports this view. It is only mentioned that his son died at the caves during the war but the person who killed him is anonymous. In addition, I also don’t agree that Manase killed the lance corporeal according to critics’ perspective. The reason why Manase is struggling with guilt is because he concentrated so much on war that he neglected his family leading to his two sons’ death.  This narration ends in a mysterious way when the author emphasize on traumatic history of Manase. However, it does not resolve anything in Manase as readers are not sure whether he is guilty of murder hence still unpredictable.