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On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning

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On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning
FONTS
Setting/Atmosphere
L1
‘One beautiful April morning’

L1-2
‘In Tokyo’s fashionable Harajuku neighbourhood’

L93
‘One winter’
Characters and Characterization
Not shallow- L2-3
'I walk past the 100% perfect girl. Tell the truth she's not that good looking'

Lonely - L104
'time passed with shocking swiftness'
Themes
L7-8
‘The moment I see her, there’s a rumbling in my chest, and my mouth is as dry as a desert.’

L89-90
‘they really and truly were each other’s 100% perfect lovers’

L102-103
‘sometimes as much as 75%or even 85% love.’
About the Author: Haruki Murakami
Born: January 12, 1949 (age 64)

He has won numerous awards for his fiction and nonfiction pieces of work

He also translates English to Japanese
Plot
short video
Structure
Comparison: Compass and torch

'Compass and Torch'
has more sensuous language in it than
'100% perfect girl'

Theme of love :
familial
/
romantic

'Compass and Torch'
stays omniscient throughout whereas
'100% Perfect Girl'
changes from 1st person to omniscient back to first person again
Love
L29-30
‘explain to her the complexities of fate that have led to our passing each other on a side street in Harajuku’

L78
‘It’s a miracle, a cosmic miracle.’

L91-92
‘the cold indifferent wave of fate proceed to toss them unmercifully.’

L82-83
‘Let’s test ourselves- just once. If we really are each other’s 100% perfect lovers, then sometime, somewhere, we will meet again without fail.’

L68
‘Yes, they believed in a miracle.’
Fate
Perception of Perfection
A boy encounters his '100% perfect' girl

He tells a story within the story about a girl and a boy who find their 100% perfect other but are soon parted.
Devices
L1,31,105
'One beautiful April morning'
L2, 14, 48, 68, 72, 73, 84, 89, 111, 112

'100% perfect'

Similarities
Differences
Setting
Atmosphere
Happy
Boy
Girl
functions
Love - L82
‘100% perfect lovers’
Hope, Fate - L82
'If we really are each other's 100% perfect lovers, then sometime, somewhere, we will meet again without fail'
'Someone'
Repetition
Similes
L95
‘Their heads were as empty as the young D H Lawrence piggy bank’
L31- 2
‘This was something sure to be crammed full of warm secrets, like an antique clock built when peace filled the world’
L7
‘My mouth is as dry as a desert’
Emotive language
L116
'A sad story, don't you think?'

Compass and torch
-
L168
‘he has lost his son, his child’
100% perfect girl
– ‘they passed each other, disappearing into the crowd. Forever.’

Compass and torch

L174-5
‘For years to come, though, in his dreams the boy will see their fringed eyes and feel the deep thudding of their hooves’
100% perfect girl

L116
'A sad story don’t you think’

Compass and torch

L36
‘But Jim is not his dad’
100% perfect girl

L117
‘Yes, that’s it, that is what I should have said to her.’
L14
'No one can insist that his 100% perfect girl correspond to some preconceived type'
L11
'I have my own preferences of course'

L6
'She is the 100% perfect girl for me'
L68
'100% perfect boy and 100% perfect girl'
L71
'You may not believe this ,but youre the 100% perfect girl for me'
Sad
L1
‘One beautiful April morning’
L6
'But still, I know from fifty yards away: she is the 100% perfect girl for me
L68
'Yes the believed in a miracle. And that miracle actually happened.'
L76
'They were not lonely anymore.'
L58
‘She's lost in the crowd’
L115
'Disappearing into the crowd. Forever.'
L113
'The glow of their memories were far too weak'
present tense
=>

past tense
1st person

=>

omniscient narrator
L117
'Yes, that's it, that is what I should have said to her'

L35-45
spaced out, isolated
There are three different parts of the story
'about the author' source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haruki_Murakami
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