About the novel
The literary analysis of Norwegian Wood is not just limited to explain what is been said. Rather, this novel offers more from between the lines.
The story is set in the era of 19602 when Japan was facing the call for revolution and change in social scene.
Students at Toru Watanabe ( protagonist) are also protesting to abolish the privileged university system. They wanted to get rid of the capitalism structure which is exploiting and destroying students in every possible way.
However, during all this chaos, Toru is untouched and lost in his own self. The novel express that how ones intense grief could isolate them and detached from the changing surroundings.
Literary analysis of Norwegian Wood: Chapter 2
Toru is remembering all the details from the days when he used to roam in meadows with Naoko. Those memories are bringing pain and nostalgia to him. Just like that, the memories of his initial days in university and living in dormitory are visiting his mind. The sense of anxiety during his time in dorm and doubt was always around him.
In the dorm, Toru’s roommate Storm Trooper was th every first person who highlighted that he is emotionally absent and indecisive. When comparing both of them, Trooper is concerned about taking next step in life and plan each move. Whereas, Toru aimlessly picks major subject without much giving it a head. Toru is not paying attention to organise his life or think about his future. Other students with him or those who are living in the dorm are making sure that they are taking advantage everything coming along.
Though, the meetings between Toru and Naoko are regular, but the thick air of past between them, lingers there. Toru even commented on her losing weight, which was a sign that maybe she is overthinking or something is eating her from inside.
In the later paragraphs, both, Naoko and Toru accept that they are scuffling with something isnide them. This is something that refrains them from discussing it, but they kept trying it. These continuous meetings develops a way to their relationship.
When the story progresses in coming paragraph, the real connection between Naoko and Toru is open to the readers. Both of them were grieving over the death of their common and best friend, Kizuki. However, the intensity and nature of their grief is absolutely distinctive from each other. It is because of their different relation with Kizuki. Toru has this guilty feeling inside him that he was the last person to meet Kizuki before his death and Naoko did not see him. On the other hand, Naoko is living with the dubiety that why did Kizuki take his life.
Analysis of Norwegian Wood: Chapter 2
At the end of this chapter, readers get to know that Toru’s own life is badly affected by Kizuki’s death. The choices that he makes and his own self has impact after Kizuki’s suicide. Toru has built this cage in which he is avoiding other people out of fear that he might lose another close friend and there will again be some pain. The other idea, which is present on his mind is that death will come somehow no matter how much you are living. All this swelling subjectivity and perplexed emotions are so much alien to Toru, but after meeting Naoko, he has someone who can understand his feelings and his inner situation.
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