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The Journal of Prize Stock by Kenzaburo Oe I think its theme dealing about war and dehumanization. (The title ³Prize Stock´ referring to the prisoner who is treated like an animal.) Firstly, the narrator who is in the preteen age living in the small village. He lives with such a down to earth lifestyle. He collects something at the crematorium with the smells of fat and ashes of burnt corpse. (For me, it¶s very strange and disgusting playing in a pit for crematorium.) It suggests that children there are get used to matter of death, especially the scenes is happening during the World War II.( It¶s less weird just a bit.) His village is very natural and pretty primitive. They hunt for wild dog for fun and swimming naked in the river. It sounds lively for them to live such life. But the invading sound of the roaring large airplane as the opened curtain of war scene and foreshadowing us the violence is going to happen soon. However, I wonder why they have to translate the name of Harelip. But it doesn¶t matter. Harelip is the friend of the narrator who is lewd and real. He has a nasty humour and being in vain somehow. It suggests the informal manner they accustom. This small village is being ignored by the government. The villagers are treated like a dirty animal. There is one of dehumanization scene. The villagers are marginalized people. But they are helpful and have a sense of unity, they flock together to hunt and work( like seeking the Catch).They still make their living shooting animals and deliver them to the town office. One day, an American plane crashes and only the black soldier survive, he is brought to the narrator¶s rural community and being rear there as a subhuman. In many scenes, the imagery is very clear, there are some descriptions of how the Catch is firstly eat the food as if the narrator observing the pets. The black soldier is perceived as domestic animal, and genius pet at the end because of his calmness, skillfulness in fixing devices, and playfulness that they eventually befriend. They share even the lewd jokes and the black soldier give the gift to the Clerk which means the Catch is not domestic pet. He is like the acquainted face villagers are getting used to. But they never have such a conversation. Still I am not sure that the narrative really sees the Black soldier as a human being. (But even the animal or human¶s death, they seem to equal in the narrator¶s eyes who get used with death and corpse.) I remember when they children laugh at the black soldier acting like copulating and Harelip bring the nanny goat to him. They want to make fun with him or seeing him as animal breeding. I am really not sure. While they are waiting for the Clerk declaring them the news from the army, when the sad new come, once again the tamed pet turns to the same beast and the same enemy like the first day he comes.

Here I have some observations about the mutual language. There are some parallel events. . It¶s not telling directly about the cruelty of war but it shows the corrosive power of wartime pervading people¶s mentality and fostering itself in children. it is wild puppy and the adults bring the black soldier to the community and intend to raise him. They play and enjoy together but it¶s too sad there friendship is broken in natter of life and death. The style of writing is striking using the war as a backdrop and developing the daily basis and the coming of the black soldier. I don¶t know who the narrator will become in the future. It is easy to see somebody else as a foe. I think the wartime generation has such nightmare childhood. firstly Harelip brings the puppy from its cave. Even children also absorb this mentality during the war. Or this story deals with the theme of the blood thirsty of human nature.Thipwimon 520132007 War is so powerful to shape human perception. Is language making us unity? And people will notice the other as a human being only when that person hurt them? I think the writer using the children as narrator telling the story is very effective and making an impact especially at the end of the story when the narrator seeing the lying body of the Clerk. and be ready to kill each other. he is very still and calm.

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