In A.E” we can see a connection of alienation

In Ishiguro’s “A family supper” and Villarosa’s “The Dash A.E” we can see a connection of alienation but in a diverse way. In “A family supper” a youth goes abroad for education and in “The Dash A.E” we see two superheroes entering an alternate universe where their loved ones are not involved. In that process, it is observed that they are completely alienated themselves from either their culture, heritage or, generally speaking, their loved ones. The reason for this alienation, in my opinion, is the distance. Reunion does not cover up the time they have wasted. That is because the distance is more brutal than the time. Effects of distance on culture and heritage are more visible in “A family supper” than in “The Dash A.E” (due to the writer Kazuo Ishiguro spent more time on the story than Mark did on his and he is a professional). Kazuo Ishiguro is a Japanese writer and he reflects his own culture in his short story. For instance, he mentions ‘kimono’ and ‘importance of honor’. It is well-known fact that Japanese people give high importance to honor, tradition and family integrity. Their priorities are much more different than westerners. The protagonist of the story is a young boy who moves to California for his education. He is not a stereotype Japanese brother and family member. For instance, he does not care for the family integrity like other Japanese people do. He may have lost this quality in America. The distance between America and his motherland makes him indifferent to his traditions and his family. Father is also another important character in this story. Because of the father we see a cultural difference that distance creates sharply. Father is a stereotype Japanese family number. He is a conservative and honorable man and family integrity is the most important thing for him. For instance, he wants to have dinner when all family members are present. He prefers to die if he is going to live in a bad reputation. Case in point, he says ‘After the firms collapsed, Watanabe killed himself. He didn’t wish to live with the disgrace.’ Later he says ‘A man of principle and honor. I respected him very much’ for his partner’s suicide. This quote clearly shows his devotion in honor. He cannot stand disappointment as well. However, his son is indifferent to that kind of things. He is just living his life without caring about Japanese principles. He does not think that family honor is the most important thing in the world. He can live without that but his father cannot. Through the end of the story, it becomes clear that the father and the son have different expectations. Because of family integrity, which is so important in Japanese culture, the father wants his son to live in Japan but his son does not want to live in a place full of strict principles. In “The Dash” it’s not that noticeable. As a reader, you really have to read between the lines to fully understand whats happening. Dash and Dupergirl recently have broken up with their partner. Thereafter Cisco said when he vibed Dash’s future ‘…first thing Cisco saw was Harry being ecstatic, like never before, for the first in forever’. This quote shows that before he was in the alternate universe Dash was unhappy and depressed.


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