"Snow Country" Analytical Essay by EL

"Snow Country"
A look at symbolic imagery in the novel "Snow Country" by Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata.
# 5194 | 1,325 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2001 | US
Published on Jun 04, 2002 in Asian Studies (East Asian Cultures) , Literature (World) , English (Analysis)

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This paper claims that symbolic representation has been lost or forgotten through translations of the story to English. The paper therefore explores the symbolic imagery and shows how it adds to the plot of the story. The analysis also includes historical background, a summary of the novel, and a discussion of the theme of unfulfilled love in the novel.

From the Paper:

""It was such a beautiful voice that it struck one as sad." The comparison with beauty and sorrow is made often, evoking a sense of hollowness and pity. In the end Komako is left alone to take care of Yoko with her scarred face and herself with the wounds of rejection and despair. The women are symbols of beauty crushed and disfigured by their circumstances that are ugly despite the magnificence of their environment. The novel revels in contrasts of appearance and fact and how both are changed in time. It describes potential that does not reach its promise and is presented using picturesque language instead of simple narration."

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