Huang 1 Pan Huang Mrs Fuller Eng 1102 Jan 30, 2012 A Family supper Analysis As an Asian student, I liked
the story ³A family supper´ by the Japanese author, Kazuo Ishiguro. I can mostly understand the culture which is related to this story. It told of a young Japanese man who lived in America for several years and returned to his homeland for a dinner with his father and sister. The reader will be interested in that this story starts with ³fish´, and it also ends with ³fish´. However, I am more interested to know if he will stay in Japan forever after living in America for years. In my opinion, even though Japan is the main character¶s motherland, but the time he lives in America is longer than in Japan. Therefore, he must not stay in Japan forever, but will return to America instead. Three aspects of analysis support my main point, which is the relationship between his father and him, the culture, and the conversation between them. Actually, we can know they do not have a good relationship. At the time of his mother¶s death, the main character was living in California. In that period, they had a bad relationship. He did not return to his country until two years after his mother¶s death. However, when he got off the plane, his father asked him if he ate, which means his father did what a normal father would do (Ishiguro, 651). So his father still
and she was going to hitch-hike. he did not feel excited that he returned to his motherland and saw his family again. His father and sister both asked a similar question. his father was affected by the Japanese culture completely. Therefore. The American culture affected the main character.Huang 2 loved him at the depth of his heart. which means his sister felt her great need for freedom. which is hard to change. which was if he would stay in Japan forever. He just said he did not know. From a reader¶s perspective. A lot of simple conversation was covered in this story. He did not give them a definite answer. However. There are many cultural differences. His sister expressed how she wanted to go to America. he will not stay in Japan forever. However. From this story. which made his father and him have a cultural generation gap. which was even more than that the Japanese culture affected him. A Japanese soldier often was affected by the Japanese traditional culture. Because his home country contradicts his American culture. he will not stay in Japan forever. His father was a veteran(Ishiguro. but his father did not think it was wrong. but he did not feel that. That Japanese traditional culture is the spirit of Bushido. He had adapted to American life. Furthermore. it is
. That means he did not have much love for his family and this country. I know there is a big difference between the American culture and the Japanese culture. His father¶s partner¶s suffering could prove that this traditional culture is embedded in the Japanese man¶s heart. That¶s why he did not understand the reason for his partner¶s actions. 651). we know that American culture represents freedom.
which means his father will live alone.Huang 3 kind of like refusing in polite way. he did not express that he wanted to stay in Japan and be with his father. However. and American culture replaced most of his native culture in his mind. Therefore. In Japanese culture. This implies he does not have much love with his father. We can think of that in another way. he will not stay in Japan forever. the son is responsible for looking after the parents. and his sister will marry someone.
. No parents and relatives were around him. His mother was dead. He changed a lot in the other land. If there is an end in which the main character returned to America. the only reason would be that he was alone in America for many years.
Joseph Terry. 651-657. 2006. Print.´ Living Literature: An Introduction to Fiction. New York: Pearson Education Inc. and Drama.Huang 4 Worked Cited Kazuo Ishiguro.
. Poetry. ³A Family Supper.