*Getting That Setting* AUtumn, Winter, Spring, Summer

“Getting That
AUtumn, Winter, Spring, Summer
Abigail Schubauer
Jordan Kelly
Sayeh Feizi
Period 4
The beginning of Spring is associated with:
- light “...I’ve felt much lighter. It’s as if the darkness of winter has
lifted.” (Tsukiyama, 117)
- flowers and beauty in all places “There, between two large rocks, grew
a neat cluster of blooming flowers, startlingly beautiful, a splash of
blue-purple rising out of green patch of leaves, somehow thriving
among the muted, gray stones.” (Tsukiyama, 127)
Spring incites memories of home and loved ones among the people of
Tarumi and Yamaguchi.
Stephen is homesick for his family. “... it might be wise if I returned to
Hong Kong as soon as possible.” (Tsukiyama, 157)
Sachi and Matsu tell stories about their past and losses. “‘ I would not want
you to listen to my story on an empty stomach.’” (Tsukiyama, 130)
Hong Kong 1940
One of Summer’s main themes is passion.
- Keiko and Stephen’s relationship grows vastly in this time
period.“There was something intimate between us now. I could feel it
pull me closer…” (Tsukiyama, 170)
- Celebrations and vacationing occurs among many groups of people. “It
was time to entertain the spirits, to dance and rejoice at their return.”
(Tsukiyama, 181)
Another of summer’s major themes is homecoming and returning to family.
Fumiko and Matsu reunite to commemorate their sister. “I could see there
was a warmth between them. It was the same way I felt with my brother or
sisters…” (Tsukiyama, 179)
Stephen’s father visits the home-sick Stephen in Tarumi. “My father has
come and gone again.” (Tsukiyama, 168)
Hong Kong resembles the area where Stephen got ill and he quotes that
“Hong Kong was stifling in August. Some afternoons I could barely
breathe” (Tsukiyama, page 4).
Tarumi was important to the character because it brought back memories
from his childhood and symbolized the days where he was healthy. Stephen
states “...I felt consumed by the quiet, so different from the summers I
had spent here surrounded by my family and the nose of playful children”
(Tsukiyama, page 9)
Yamaguchi reveals information about the characters because its a village
for Lepers and Stephen described it as “the village in Yamaguchi stood in a
clearing on the gradual slope of the mountain, hidden away by tall pine
trees” (Yamaguchi, page 24).
Stephen admires Matsu’s garden which connects with the mood of the story
because of the calmness that it brings to the viewer. Stephen describes it
as “the black pines twist and turn to form graceful shapes, while the moss
is a carpet of green that invites you to sit by the pond” (Yamaguchi, page
Some common themes associate with winter are:
- The cold “The cold morning air stung my lips and fingers.”
(Tsukiyama, 73)
The holidays, which is when Stephen feels homesick and starts
missing his family and Hong Kong “I had just been in bed with
thoughts of what I would be missing back home in Hong Kong.
Every year when we were young, my mother insisted on having a
live Christmas tree with ornaments in our house.” (Tsukiyama, 94)
Japan in the winter.
Christmas Tree
The winter also represents a period of darkness as many of the
characters endure hardships throughout the season.
- Matsu experiences a major tragedy when his best friend, Kenzo,
takes his own life. “‘Kenzo will be buried tomorrow morning,’
Matsu said quietly, as we sat across from one another in the
kitchen eating our morning meal of rice and pickled vegetables.”
(Tsukiyama, 102)
- Meanwhile Stephen is prohibited from seeing Kieko because of her
fathers wishes. “At least I knew why Kieko was always anxious to
get away from me. Her father’s dislike of me for whatever
reasons was obvious.” (Tsukiyama, 110)
Dark winter night.
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