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Themes: Death- its presence in our lives Loss/grief- how people deal with it, how difficult it can be Loneliness- the pain of it & how it can be dealt with Healing- moving forward, not clinging to the past, accepting what has happened

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Themes:

Death- its presence in our lives

Loss/grief- how people deal with it, how difficult it can be

Loneliness- the pain of it & how it can be dealt with

Healing- moving forward, not clinging to the past, accepting what has happened

Comfort/sustenance-we gain strength from the things around us (kitchens, nature, people we care about

Relationships- their complexity and variety; the importance of being connected to others

Lightness/darkness, happiness/sadness, easy/difficult-exist simultaneously

The necessity/inescapability of suffering- bringing depth & perspective to our lives

Family takes many forms

Conflicts (main) – connect to the theme ideas – people struggling with these things

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Imagery: reflects themes in the novel

Nature- reflects mood, situations, points to themes

Plants & flowers- positive, life force

Light & dark – positive & negative, clear & mysterious (including stars & moon)

Symbols:

Kitchen – “nourishment”, comfort (food, cooking, etc.)

Moon- happiness, positive magical force

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Aspects of Kitchen:

Quirkiness/cuteness

Magical realism/fantasy

Tradition vs. modernism

Romance

Mono no aware – “sensitivity to things”

Interest in contemporary American culture

Lightweight “feel” , but “heavy” subjects addressed