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Compare and Contrast the Attitudes of Mitsu and his wife, Natsumi towards Takashi.

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Gautam Aggarwal Ibd Year 11 The Silent Cry-Kenzaburo Oe Comparative Essay Topic: Compare and Contrast the Attitudes of Mitsu and his wife, Natsumi towards Takashi. The Silent Cry is a narrative of a translator called Mitsusaboro (Mitsu) and his relations with the other main characters, namely his wife Natsumi and his brother Takashi. In the novel Mitsu is often portrayed as a man who loves his own space and leads his own silent life. This might be the reason the author has actually titled the book "The Silent cry" referring to Mitsu's cry (narrative). His brother on the other hand is portrayed as an outspoken person who becomes a leader and was a part of the acting group that went to the United States of America with his troupe. Natsumi on the other hand had never met Takashi and she during the course of the book gets attracted to him. To describe the attitude of both Mitsu and Natsumi as a stagnant feeling towards Takashi is very difficult as their attitudes towards him keep on changing during the whole course of the book. The rivalry between the two siblings is demonstrated very early in the book when their mother on her death bed told Mitsu and Takashi's sister that "Mitsu will be ugly and Takashi will be handsome. ...read more.


when Takashi suggests to Mitsu that they should move to Shikoko and sell the warehouse. As the plot progresses Natsumi starts getting attracted towards Takashi and fells that she is attracted to his behavior as "I, myself have never broken the law" (176). This fact suggests that she was attracted towards the outgoing behavior of her brother-in-law as she could probably not find the outgoing, rebellious attitude in her own husband Mitsu. Natsumi actually is so impressed with Takashi's enigmatic behavior that she actually started spending more time with her and became a part "of the inner circle" (124). Natsumi's attitude as a whole was changing .her attitude towards takashi changed and became that of a more loving and caring person she actually tells him to "drive carefully" in the city while criticizing her own husband and saying "Takashi was making himself quickly at home with the young men of the valley" (83) while Mitsu was still sitting in the corner of his room in Tokyo. This affection shown by Natsumi towards Takashi actually makes Mitsu very jealous but as he is a introvert and not very outspoken he does not really talk to either Natsumi nor Takashi. ...read more.


Towards the end of the novel Mitsu's attitude towards Takashi changes. He comes to know of the hideous acts of incest and rape that was committed by Takashi. He becomes furious and calls Takashi lesser than a human being and even insane. But following this his attitude towards Takashi actually changes and he even tries to save Takashi from actually committing suicide. From this we actually come to know that Takashi actually did care a lot for the well being of his brother even though there were seeds of sibling-rivalry that was instilled in his actions at a very early and tender age. Natsumi on the other hand had a very strong reaction. She was at the peak of hr anger when she realized that Takashi, the one she loved had actually committed adultery. So she, "the broken machine" (224) referring to hr broken self as she felt betrayed. This shows an expected but a change in the attitude towards Takashi by Natsumi and Mitsu. Therefore we can convincingly say that the attitudes of both the characters towards Takashi changed during the course of the novel. For Mitsu it was that of sibling rivalry to jealousy and finally feelings of a brother, but for Natsumi it changed from indifference love an ended with anger. These changes in emotions actually moved the plot along an made it even more interesting ...read more.

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