The Seventh Man by Haruki Murakarni

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“The seventh man” by Haruki Murakarni talks about one man’s fears after his friend, K., was swallowed up by a terrifying, gigantic wave during the worst typhoon his town had seen in years. The author primarily uses imagery, symbolism, and foreboding in this story to construct a sense of fear and how he lives with this fear throughout his lifetime.At the beginning of the story, the author uses imagery to give the surroundings of the main character on a dark, weary night. “The small group that huddled in a circle could hear the wind tearing through the darkness outside, heading west. It shook the trees, set the windows to rattling, and moved past the house with one final whistle.” This gives the reader a feeling of fear by painting a picture of a scary, stormy night. The author also uses imagery later on in the seventh man’s story after K. had been washed away by the first wave, and they were waiting on the second. “The second wave was just as big as the first – maybe even bigger. From far above my head it began to fall, losing its shape, like a brick wall slowly crumbling. It was so huge that it no longer looked like a real wave.” By saying this, the main character shows his fear of the waves that were once so friendly and familiar to him. The author uses symbolism to create fear when the typhoon was starting up again, and the main characters friend K. was about to be devoured by the monstrous wave. “A wave like a huge snake with its head held high, poised to strike, was racing towards the shore. I had never seen anything like it in my life.” The author gives a sense of fear when he compares a snake to the wave, and it also makes the reader comprehend just how dangerous and deadly the wave really was. Before the wave hits and swallows K., the author gives the reader a sense of foreboding when the main character thinks, “They knew I was here, and they were planning to grab me. I felt as if some huge, man eating beast were lying somewhere on the...
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