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A Study on Kawabata Yasunari’s “Twenty years old” : The interface between Ginsaku and Kawabata

  • 日本硏究
  • 2014, (36), pp.195-213
  • Publisher : The Center for Japanese Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Published : February 20, 2014

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1한국외국어대학교

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ABSTRACT

“Twenty years old”, one of many works by Kawabata,, expresses literary features of his works as well as in other works, though it received relatively less attention than other works. There is no doubt that Ginsaku’s remembrance of his deceased mother and inferiority caused by the absence of motherhood correspond with Kawabata’s feeling for the birth and sorrow experienced during his lonely childhood. This means that Kawabata reflects himself in reality into the transformed character of Ginsaku. Likewise, considering his literary tendency to pursue women’s beauty through all his works, we can find a common point rooted deep in the mind of Ginsaku and Kawabata. Kawabata sought for the harmony of nature and human, aiming for the search of beauty in his whols life. Ginsaku’s conflicting emotion might come from the solitude he had experienced in his childfood. Presumably, it was his desire to overcome the solitude in his own works. In conclusion, the alienation and deviation lead Kawabata who is surrounded by awareness of today's crisis to be in the condition of self-wareness and mentality deliverance. So to speak, the solitude and alienation of reality do not end by itself. It could be said that those feelings have in-depth meaning because they trigger the catharsis of life and self-awareness which goes with overcome beyond the anxiety.

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