Literary Analysis: Falling In Fate

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Literary Comparison Essay: Falling In Fate Today, most people cannot see past the attractive and practical side of love, let alone are willing to leave love to fate. And yet, the male narrators of Lizard by Banana Yoshimoto and The 100% Perfect Girl by Haruki Murakami are prime examples of this. Though the narrator of Lizard is more realistic than the narrator of The 100% Perfect Girl, fate seems to affect the narrators’ love lives and themselves similarly, in terms of time, their perception of their romantic interests and relationship with them, and to an extent, their actions throughout their respective stories. Both stories give us a glimpse of what is it like to find love and to be in love in modern Japan, where fate intertwines with love, which are the stories’ main themes. Lizard is the internal monologue of a male counselor/therapist who talks about his romantic relationship with Lizard, a healer, starting off with its present, past and objectively, a future. But a dark secret is holding Lizard back from accepting the protagonist 's proposal of marriage, one that made her the way she is today. Though, later on, it seems that Lizard is not the only one hiding a horrific past. On the other hand, The 100% Perfect Girl is a story of a man who chanced upon his perfect match while walking through a street one April morning. The narrator tries to think of what to say to her so that he can share a moment of her time. When he finally knew what to say, she was lost in

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