Analysis Of Kazuo Ishiguiro's An Artist Of The Floating World

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The texts composed in, or created concerning the “After the Bomb” (ATB) period usually share the purpose of challenging contextual values of society by informing the responder of the emotions and hardships individuals had to face during the period. Kazuo Ishiguiro’s 1986 novel An Artist of the Floating World affirms that texts in the ATB period challenge contextual values by highlighting the issue of nationalism and how it may be detrimental to the inhabitants of a society if long term effects are not analysed. Similarly, in Steven Okazaki’s 2007 documentary, White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki the contextual values of post-war Japan are contradicted by using interviews of survivors of the atomic bombing and bringing forward the issue of disillusionment. An Artist of the Floating World also challenges the value of respecting elders by showing the older generation’s values and comparing them with the…show more content…
This can be seen through the character of Mr Naguchi, who wrote pro-Japanese war songs during the outbreak of the war. Ishiguiro uses Mr Naguchi as a metaphor for the detrimental nature of nationalism once it is taken too far. Mr Naguchi’s suicide acts as a symbol for the responder to realise that although the Japanese government promoted nationalism at the time and expected everyone to act as patriotically as possible, these actions may have repercussions in the future and guilt may take over the individual. This challenges the contextual value that nationalism is always best and shows the responder that the government should not always be blindly followed and an individual must make their own decisions regarding what is best for them as well as their

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