In 1950s, Japan, there has been a tale of a sorrowful couple, Kaname and Misako. In the story, Kaname and Misako have been married for almost ten years and they have a son named Hiroshi. Their marriage verged a separation. However, even they have been considering for divorce for a long time, they still cannot make up their mind. Throughout the book “Some Prefer Nettles,” there is hardly any direct discussion about the divorce between Kaname and Misako, even in the last chapter; rather, it implies main characters’ nature and thought by narrate their life. Comparing Kaname with Misako, Kaname is more considerate of other’s feeling through his response to Misako, Hiroshi, his father-in –law and even Misako’s boyfriends, Aso.
Misako’s affair with Aso is the most persuasive evidence of how Kaname is considerate of other’s feeling. Two years after they get married, Kaname lose interest in Misako sexually. After that, the two of them live together like strangers, treat each other politely. In front of the public and their family, they have to act as nothing happened between them. Two years ago, when Misako confesses her affair with Aso, Kaname is surprised a little, but he is not angry with her at all. Because he knows it is somehow himself who pushes her to Aso. Kaname feels that “But in all honesty he had simply held a secret hope that something like this might happen.” (Tanizaki 100) Kaname not only gave permission to this affair, he actually expected it. If Kaname is not the person who can give Misako happiness, he does not mind Misako receive it from others. This affair eases Kaname’s regret toward Misako. In addition, after Kaname give Misako freedom, he even worried about her future: “Aso had a family too, and with her reputation ruined she might find that even if she freed herself from Kaname she could not go to him.” (Tanizaki 13) Furthermore, although Kaname was not in love with Misako anymore, he still cares her feeling. “‘I’ve kept this much...
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