Commentary of “Dance Dance Dance” 1
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Commentary of “Dance Dance Dance” 1



This time, I will introduce "Dance · Dance · Dance" written by Haruki Murakami. Because my comment is too long, I will make two articles. It is my personal opinion, not a general academic argument.



-Contents-
Why is this novel a four-part work?
Social criticism in “Dance, Dance, Dance"
What is theme of “Dance, Dance, Dance"? (Part2)
・Can "I" be happy? (Part2)
・Gotanda's existential significance (Part2)


Why is this novel a four-part work?



This book is his 4th work which was published in 1988. It is a series that depicts the same protagonist from  debut work "Hear the Wind Sing", "Pinball, 1973", "A Wild Sheep Chase", and "Dance, Dance, Dance".

The previous two books have fewer sentences, I feel that there is a prelude to the following "A Wild Sheep Chase ", "Dance, Dance, Dance ".Why did the author not treat "Hear the Wind Sing" and "Pinball, 1973" as one work?

I think that it is because the theme is different in each works. In the series, the theme of the work changes with the age of the protagonist. In short, "Hear the Wind Sing" was youth age's retrospective, "Pinball, 1973" was mainly drawn that parting with the youth age.

In “A Wild Sheep Chase” there is depiction of parting with a person such as The Rat, wife, kiki, "loss" as a theme. “Dance, Dance, Dance" depicts "I" (narrator) who became 34 years old.


Commentary of “Dance Dance Dance” 1

Social criticism in “Dance, Dance, Dance"



It was a work that received a fantastic impression somewhere while setting in the urban area. It's due to the sheep man living in the hotel or many metaphysical phenomena. He became 34 years old and tired to society. He says "the era has changed."

"I" that drags values in the 1970s is negative to the present society (1980s back then). For example, the thought of "I" is reflected in music preferences. While "I" say representative music of the 1980s as mass consumption music like garbage, he smiles when he listen to the 1970 Rolling Stones songs. In this work, criticism of society is often done directly or indirectly.

How did Japanese society change compared to the 1970s? The character, Taku Makimura says like this. It was clear in the 1970s what was justice and what was significance our action. Now, no one knows what is justice. everyone work without knowing the significance and legitimacy

In the 1980s, society became complicated and it became difficult to find right and wrong things in the world. In this book, the unreasonable events such as the culprit of the May killing, the whole story of the hotel removing, the circumstances of the high-class call girl organization are left unresolved. I felt that the authors expressed the eeriness of a complex society.

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