Parallel Worlds and the End of the World
“The voice of the light remains ever so faint; images quiet as ancient constellations float across the dome of my dawning mind. They are indistinct fragments that never merge into a sensate picture. There would be a landscape I have not seen before, unfamiliar melodic echoes, whisperings in a chaos of tongues” (Murakami 183). There’s no escaping the apocalypse. For all of us, there will be some “end of the world” experience, whether or not we live to see the cosmic end of all things because everyone must face the inevitable close of our earthly lives. There have been many stories written about the apocalypse or the end of human civilization. While both authors Cortázar and Dylan portrays an apocalypse/end of the world theme, Haruki Murakami displays a more unique ending because he was able to manipulate his premise in the most interesting way. This inescapable human reality is an interesting one to consider especially when reflecting on the following three texts that will be discussed throughout this paper.
The Japanese author Haruki Murakami divides the protagonist into two characters Watashi and Boku. In Hard-Boiled Wonderland, the character Watashi is a Calcutec and is sort of a self-employed mathematician who underwent an operation that changed the composition of his brain so that he could perform complex calculations extremely fast.
In the second section, the main character is called Boku and it takes place in a fantasy world, sort of medieval gated town called The End of the World. The protagonist has been brought into this town and serves as the reader of old dreams that are stuck within the skulls of unicorns. Boku discovers that the people who live in this town have had their memories stolen and his memory will soon disappear too if he doesn’t find a way to escape the town. This quote used in the introduction is significant because it illustrates how the main character is slowly losing his...
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