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Transcript of The Silence
“I'm dissolving and I'm screaming, but no one hears” Coping with Loneliness “So far inside I can’t see anyone else and they can’t see me”
“There are all different kinds of loneliness. There’s the tragic loneliness that tears at your nerves with pain. And then there's the loneliness that isn’t like that at all”
“The look of a boxer whose legs are gicing out on him. He’s working them only they’re not moving. And the stiff doesn’t get it, he thinks they’re still pacing. But his legs are dead. They’ve died in their tracks and now his shoulders won’t dance. Which means the powers gone out of his punch. It was that look. Something’s wrong but he can’t tell what.
”After that, I was home free,” Ozawa's Loneliness “I was happy to be left alone” pg 296
“And it dawned on me how lonely I was. I hated Aoki even more for making me realize this” pg 298
“Plus,to the very end, I didn’t make one honest friend” pg 299
“If I hadn’t taken up boxing, if I hadn’t gone to my uncle’s gym, I would have been pretty damn lonely” pg 299 Symbolism of the Airport and How Ozawa is affected by his experiences. “He seemed to be somewhere else in his thoughts, holding back or wavering.” 292
“Even today, at age thirty-one , he still went to the gym every week” 293
“In a word he was the sort of guy you couldn’t help but like” 293
“People who go through a heavy experience like that are changed men, like it or not.” 305
“He broke off and looked out the window to the clouds” 305 Ozawa's Internal Struggle “I imagined all kinds of scenarios” pg 303
“Beating his face to a pulp” pg 303
“Who was going to believe me?” pg 303
“Thinking back on it now, I can’t believe how close I got to the danger zone” pg 303
1. What is the significance of the title?
What really affected Ozawa was the behaviour (silence) of his classmates rather than the pretentiousness of Aoki. There can be just as much meaning in silence, if not more, than there are in words” the classmates made him feel he did not exist
2. What literary movements are shown within the story?
Absurdist: Ozawa’s alienation from the school (students and teachers), language fails to communicate and explain (silence is more meaningful than words)
Post modern: what does it mean to “live”? he seems to question his existence when ignored
3. What could Murakami be saying about language?
Without communication with others, we find ourselves lost or become irrational.
4. What is the significance of the narrator and Ozawa waiting for a plane?
Because of his loneliness in high school, he never obtained connections to people, leaving is easy when there is nothing to leave behind.
5. What is the significance of being alone while boxing?
It's the only he can be happy while he is alone. He sees it as different from his isolation from his classmates because it is his own choice and he has the opportunity to channel all of his concentration and energy.