Be wise as serpents and innocent as doves, Revolution, Hope - The Setting Sun
stumbled across a post which says what we found out in chapter 53 shouldn’t
have surprised us because Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis is one of the very first
literary references in TG (x).
But if we
really take this as foreshadowing then there’s something else which is actually
really interesting . Besides Takatsuki Sen who is not a real author ,the first literary
reference is Osamu Dazai’s Setting Sun. If somebody already
wrote a post about it then I’m really sorry, but I haven’t seen a post yet
which really talks about it aside from the quote mentioned in the manga.
three main characters in setting sun are Kazuko, her brother
Naoji, and their mother. The story is set in Japan after the second world
is told from Kazuko’s point of view and at first I thought that there will be
just parallels between her and Kaneki’s life, but Kazuko’s mother utters a
sentence which describes what happens to Kaneki and all three main characters
share similarities with him. I see the setting sun as a story which inspired
Ishida on so many levels (a lot
of symbolism and images which appear there also appear in TG, even the biblical
reference which could represent Kaneki’s life and topics like love,
mother-child attachment can be also found).
to summarize the book in just a few sentences because the parallels to TG can
be even found in a single sentence. But
if you want to have a short summary then I advise you to read this (x). (I highlighted a lot of important words because this text turned out really long and
there are scenes which I will just describe without explaining the parallel
because it’s quite obvious).