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Wind Up Bird Chronicle: a mark is a line, figure, or symbol made as an indication or record of something. In the novel, The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, the vibrant mark on Torus face is no different.

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Described by Oxford dictionary, a mark is a line, figure, or symbol made as an indication or record of something. In the novel, "The Wind Up Bird Chronicle", the vibrant mark on Toru's face is no different. For Toru, the mark represents concrete and real proof that he really did explore room 208 in the other side of the well. From this mark he is painfully reminded of his surreal illusions he recently experienced, and his real problems he faces in his life. The Mark is a kind of wound, uniquely present on Toru's face due to his magical experiences. As book two progresses however, Toru becomes more accustomed to the mark, and it does not bother him any longer. ...read more.


(Murakami, 509) In this instance, the outside force mentioned is fate, and the blue mark on his face symbolizes this. The veterinarian believed that "Fate would demand its portion, and until it received that portion, it would never go away." (Murakami, 509) He believes that the mark on his face would not go away until fate decided otherwise. The mark on Toru's face also helps him in the process of self discovery. Prior to Toru experiencing important events in his life, Toru observes his mark changing colour and temperature. As Toru gets closer and closer to breaking the barrier of the well and entering room 208, his mark becomes warmer, and it changes to a more vibrant colour. ...read more.


When the well is dry, Toru is confused and lost, but when water flows in it, Toru gains knowledge of his own existence. From the quote I previously mentioned, the mark would go away only when fate was satisfied. From this idea, it is not hard to understand the reason why Toru lost his mark in the end of the book. When Toru finally broke the barrier of the well, and discovered the images and events in room 208, this filled the missing gap in his life. This discovery of his own being was in fact the fate that Toru was destined to receive for the entire book. Once his fate was fulfilled, and the water once again returned to the well, the mark no longer had reason to be on his face. With regained control of his mind, Toru no longer needed the mark as an indicator. ...read more.

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