On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl

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On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl
1 Characters
1.1 The Narrator
1.1.1 No knowledge about him
1.1.1.1 Tells us all we need to know, e.g. age, lonely, desperate for a woman
1.1.2 His lack of identity may show that the young mans emotions are an inevitable part of modern life
1.2 The Girl
1.2.1 We know even less about, possibly lonely and looking for love too
1.2.1.1 May just be his fantasy
1.2.2 Not that special, he is just desperate, even her lacking a nose doesn't bother him!
2 Themes
2.1 Loneliness
2.1.1 narrator admits to being lonely
2.1.1.1 she has to also be lonely to fit into his fantasy
2.1.1.1.1 allows us to laugh at the male delusion of the lonely female who would be won over by his story...
2.2 Fantasy and reality
2.2.1 100% perfect - male fantasy
2.2.1.1 amusing naivety
2.2.1.2 no communication, he cant even recall her looks completly
2.2.1.3 colleagues make out it is a regular occurrence when he tells them
2.3 parallel worlds
2.3.1 Man and woman may have a parallel life
2.3.1.1 If things had only happened at a differnet time, in a different place or with different people...
3 Setting
3.1 April 1981
3.1.1 Spring = new life and rebirth
3.1.1.1 falling in love?
3.2 very fashionable area where 2 people may meet, however the bustling streets are a contrast to the authors inner thoughts
3.3 Tokyo is a huge area (8 million people) so he is very unlikely to see her again
4 Language
4.1 Changes tenses, lines 1-5 is present tense
4.1.1 17-26 is past tense
4.1.1.1 27-58 describing girl in present tense
4.1.1.1.1 59-115 is past tense, what he wished happened
4.2 sometimes addresses reader 116-117
4.2.1 "you" = causes reader to have empathy with him
4.2.1.1 Light and colloquial in "she's" and "I'd"
4.3 Contrast in 4th section when he recalls almost a fairy-tale story
4.4 no names show they could be anyone!
4.4.1 dont know where they are in fantasy
4.4.1.1 flower shop could symbolise the possibility that he would go and buy her flowers. In real life this would seem strange, but in his fantasy it is not crazy or impulsive.

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