• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

Extracts from this document...


Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto Praveen Ravi Grade 11 English essay The path of life is not easy. It is scattered with struggles and hurdles which we must overcome. A rose plant is a good metaphor of life; the flower is soft with a pleasant fragrance but the thorns are prickly and hurt us. Likewise, life has good things like laughter, happiness, hope but it also has some things that hurt us, obstruct us. In Banana Yoshimoto's novella Kitchen, Mikage Sakurai faces quandaries in her life which hinder her. However, she fights them back with hope and determination. She is aided by the Tanabe's who help her to fight her dilemmas and struggles. Each character displays a sense of optimism, a hope for survival and the determination to fight back. In a greater sense, this rendering gives the reader a moral teaching that despair does not necessarily result in annihilation. They try to tell us that we must not give up in our lives, come what may. They appear as teachers giving us a lesson how to lead our lives. This rendering makes us feel close to them and think of them as our own friends. ...read more.


Instead, we must concentrate on the present, the reality. In Mikage's case, this is very optimistic because she had not had a very happy past and she is trying to forget it and think about her present situation. She is giving the reader, an indirect, useful quote. Eriko Tanabe too has faced struggles in her life. After her sex change, she earned through her nightclub which she bought from the spare money left after her plastic surgery. However, life was a constant struggle for her. It can be understood because the money earned from a nightclub is not sufficient to lead a very comfortable life and to raise a son. Eriko her self says "Being a woman is not easy" on pg 41. Eriko reveals her struggles to Mikage "Because I have.......I'm grateful for it". Eriko tells Mikage her philosophy of life. She tells that true joy can be understood and felt only if a person has experienced great despair and sorrow. In her philosophy, Eriko is showing optimism because according to her, despite the greatest sorrows that can surround us, if we have someone or something to care for, we understand our limitations. ...read more.


be fine because he had lost the only person who had been everything to him, mother, father, brother, sister and a good friend. Here, Yuichi is being a perfect example of a person who is determined to go on despite his barriers. He is also giving the reader a message that to be humorous can cheer us up in the darkest of moments and in our moments of despair, we must try to laugh and cheer ourselves. It is a way to become optimistic. In conclusion, this story is of great value to any reader because it portrays a real life story. The characters appear very real to us because of their simplicity and unusualness. This makes us endearing to these characters, we feel attached to them, sympathy towards them. Each character contributes to a greater understanding of the definition of life and the way to live. Each character is determined that they would not fail, they would not give up; they would continue to fight on despite any barrier, any resistance. They teach us that death is not the end of despair, there are several others way to live on despite being clouded by darkness and uncertainty. This makes the reader respect the characters and feel close to them. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Fyodor Dostoevsky section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Fyodor Dostoevsky essays

  1. We change and are forever changing "if we don't change we don't grow. If ...

    from the woman who used to remind him of Kim Novak, who was romantic and beautiful and full of fun. Rick brings back many memories of Corals son as she produces strangers on the shore this desire to be with the dead is transformed into the ability to walk with the living.

  2. Discuss Milton's presentation of Satan in Paradise Lost

    The court of Chaos and Night, bristling with fearsome names like 'Orcus' and 'Demogorgon,' is the next obstacle Satan must cross (1516). Back in heroic-mode, he speaks boldly, once more appealing to greed. This time his audience is 'ancient Night,' who happens to be the second of the three female characters he will meet (1517).

  1. Could I Have Lived My Life Differently? : The Diary of Bigger Thomas.

    There are other minor ironies in Book One. Ma's advice regarding the distinctions between rich and poor whites are exaggerated in the largesse of the Daltons and the deceit of Peggy, the Irish maid. She considers herself part of the upstanding, generous Dalton family but tricks Bigger into doing part of her work for her (unknowingly introducing him to the furnace where he will burn Mary's body.)

  2. Roman Fever and A Small, Good Thing

    the phone; in other words, he may have been able to communicate himself effectively without upsetting the parents.

  1. Shukhov's Survival Strategies.

    who stated that, "those who do not make it are the ones who lick other's plates, depend on doctors, and squeal on fellow prisoners. Ivan Denisovich is a prisoner who has survived the camp for more than eight years, and this advice from his first squad leader taught him a valuable lesson and is advice, which he lives by.

  2. How does the writer of the play 'A Kind of Alaska' show the struggle ...

    It is almost as if she snaps back to reality. Now begins the struggle of coming to terms with who she is, what happened to her and where she is. Deborah would feel isolated and alone, as she is in a bare room with a person who is unfamiliar to her.

  1. Analyse how Paddy´s relationship with his brother Sinbad develops in relation to the many ...

    We can observe this when after the fight Da asks Sinbad how school was. Sinbad laughed and forced himself to laugh more. 'I knew why� says Paddy. Sinbad has done this to try to take the attention away from the fight and try to create a more pleasant atmosphere.

  2. Consider the way the characters of The Bottle imp and the Rocking-horse Winner end ...

    Keawe is the first main character who encounters the bottle and the bottle gets passed through a series of people until keawe is affected by the disease of leprosy and buys the bottle back in fear that his future with his wife Kokua may be affected.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work