First, Tengo repugnantly recollects the memory the Sundays working alongside his father collecting subscription fees. Tengo’s father carried his son with him for three reasons, two of them specifically being “. . . he could not leave the boy at home alone. On weekdays and S...
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... from the average parent, Tengo’s father still sent Tengo to school, daycare, and tried to protect his son from the painful truth. Referring back to The Paris Interview with Murakami, Murakami revealed his main task for his protagonist, “The main task of my protagonist is to observe the things happening around him. . . He is neutral, and in order to maintain his neutrality, he must be free from any kinship, and connection to a vertical family system. (Wray). Although this process Murakami used was for one of his older works, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, the same process is expressed Town of Cats. Murakami branches away from the Japanese tradition, in which familial relationships are essential. Regardless of what his father did for him, Tengo was too clouded in judging his father based on his own needs rather than see the effort his father put into their relationship.
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