Influence of the Past on the Present Based on the Stones Cry outStory.
Stone Cry Out is a story that is authored bySzymusiak. It is in a setting of a war period. It is the story of ageologist who is very likely collapsing under the pressure of hispast. Manase is the central character in this book. It is through hislife, therefore, that we cananalyze critically how the life of anindividual is most likely as a result of his past.
The past always seems to loom over their present and has asignificant bearing on how they lead their life today. Manase’slife is also partially influenced by the thing he witnesses duringhis lifetime. It also creates a bearing for his life in terms of hisfamily relations involving his wife and two children. It is the pastforms a cloud that constantly hangs on the character`s present.Theone question that remains unanswered is as to whether thepresent is a product of the future.
Tsuyoshi Manase happens to be the main character in the story andeventually finds himself undertaking his first lesson when he comesacross a dying soldier in a cave during the ending days of the worldwar two. Manase looks into the soldier eyes which are clearly seen tobe swarming and filled with maggots. But he explains in hisvoicethatis in perception as being weak and somehow steady. The mantries to explain to Manase’s how a small pebble contains theuniversal history.
When the war gradually comes to an end, Manase’s decides togo back home and without hesitating he instantly opens a bookstore.He finally gets married and as time goes by he becomes a father totwo boys. Little does he know of what will come next to disrupt hisfamily relationship and more so the interaction between him, hiswife, and his two sons Takaai and Hiroaki. However, due to theexperiences Manase has gone through during that period of the worldwar two, he undergoes emotional traumas such nightmares. Hereby heengages himself in the task of collecting of stones while quietlyenjoying his silent life.
All that happens until it reaches a point where horribleviolence peeps into his family, and he finds himself in a position toface his past for him to survive the horrors of the currentsituation.
Thatattempts to show how certain events that belong in the past lifeinterfere with our present lives. The scene at the caves makes Manasegenerate away of survival on the current nightmares this does well bythe help of experience. To Manase it eventually happens to be adarkly compelling story of one man’s struggle against his memories.It sometimes seems to be hurting and challenging when it comes toremembering the past more so if the event was a bad one. That mainlywill rely on the outcome of the scenario or and the reaction of thevictim to the issue.
Afterward,we see the relationship between Manase and his family members growingworse. It is apparent it is not magnificent due to some factors intheir marriage. One of these factors is the unsolved murder ofManase’s young son Hiroaki. The issue in a way becomes the primarycause of his family’s breakup where Manase’s wife who is anaddict to alcohol is inconsolable. The behavior of his wife makesthe situation more complicated. She is not in a position to listen toManase, and she even goes a step further to claim that Manase is theresponsible for their youngest son’s death.(Stahl, Para 1-10).
Lifeseems to get more difficult for the man since trouble is coming fromboth external and internal forces. That gives him all the reasons heneeds to make him compile his past with his present situations andtry to survive. The continuous adverse reports play a big role inmaking his day to day emotions bad enough even after the end of thesecond world war.(Grossman, 2012).
Thewife finally starts behaving in a manner that portrays evil feelingstowards his husband. She becomes violent, abusive and more so accusesManase each and every time of killing his youngest son. Wet hen learnthat Manase had not been present on the day the child dies instead heis at the cliff side. In the second half of this beautiful novel, theauthor focuses mostly on the relationship between Manase and his onlyremaining son Takaaki who eventually joins the military students inthe riots of 1968. The boy then as days goes by decides to join arevolutionary faction. The act of this young child creates anotherrift of misunderstanding between him and his father Manase. (Stahl,Para 12-20).
Everystory has its two sides as does a coin. It is not an entirely correctassumption that Manase’s life is influenced by his past. However,his present seems to be much affected by the past as the authorexplains just because he mostly considers his past each and everytime he come across a challenging current situation.
Instead, he ought to concentrate on other factors thataffect the current situation, for example, social factors, economicfactors and more so the dynamic factors in the present world. If hewas to put all this into consideration, it might have helped him tomaneuver through the difficult race without necessarily going back tohis past.
Allin all, theauthors in this story aretrying to emphasize on how thepast can gradually influence the present. He does this by explainingthe life of Manase during the world war two and on the other side ofthe story he narrates to us about the life of Manase after the war.The outcome of events that happened before seem to interfere withhis current situation where he finds himself using some of theprevious experience to endure challenges that come along his way.Some of us take the experience to deal with the present whenever weare in such a position like Manase.
The problem-solving power of past experiences has madeit hard for many of us to be unable to distinguish the present fromthe past. That has brought about the effect of present and pastcomparison when trying to solve problems that come our way and moreso when it comes to times of making critical decisions. It may leadmost of us in acting in a way that relates to our past and not in thechanging dynamic world as it should be. However, the author brings itout as important to use our past. It is advisable to use some ofthese experiences to guide our present, since they act as ourreference to solving similar problems that we come across in ourlives.
Fiction Book Review: Stones Cry Out by HikaruOkuizumi, Author, JamesWesterhoven, Translator Houghton Harcourt (HMH).(144p) ISBN978-0-15-100365-5.(n.d.).Retrieved November 6, 2014.
Stahl, D. (n.d.). Retrieved November 6, 2014, fromhttp://www.binghamton.edu/aaas/docs/AAS-stahl-2012.pdf
Stones Cry Out Paperback – Feb 1, 2001. (n.d.). Retrieved November6, 2014, fromhttp://www.amazon.ca/Stones-Cry-Out-Hikaru-Okuizumi/dp/0156011832
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