Child Play depicts children and the poor dealing with some very serious issues
“Child’s Play” depicts children and the poor, (subjects historically considered unfit for serious literature in Japan) dealing with some very serious issues. The children in this story are on the edge of their transition out of childhood into adulthood. They are entangled in a complicated economic interdependence that determines their paths as much as anything else. Their choices are heavily influenced by tradition, by necessity, and by the narratives Japan at that time was living by. But the story also takes place in a time of dramatic change for Japan, when western values and economic systems and educational reforms were directly imported from overseas to rapidly modernize Japan in the span of a single generation. The children of this story must play out their narratives not only in the context of the radical transformations within themselves, but also at the mercy of the forces transforming Japan. For today, we will consider what these influences are, and what their consequences are in the lives of the children.
1. Pick one character and identify what you consider to be the most important influence on their life. Then in about 400 words, explain why you think so. Use specifics from both the text and the scholarly research you conducted last week. (For this assignment, keep in mind that your readers (other students in this class) might not have read the same contextualizing research material as you did, so your information must be presented to them.) Please note: this response is not graded formally as a major assignment, but it represents the product of your reading, your thinking and your research. As such, it should be a serious effort.)
2. In about 100 words consider how your writing from last week’s writing on your initial response to the story differed from your carefully considered writing this week. Was your writing more concise? Confident? Did you rely on different techniques? Which was more persuasive? How did you attempt to persuade in each case?
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