Response on Quote from “The Waiting Years” by Fumiko Enchi Essay
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In Chapter 1, of “The First Bloom” of the book “The Waiting Years” by author Fumiko Enchi, (Fumiko, 2002) it was easy to identify the little girl as one who was so important amid the small pace of the town. Suga was going to dance ”Plum Blossom in Spring” where all eyes would be on her. She was going to be looked at and judged according to her dance that day, in her mind, which set the atmosphere for tension and apprehension of what they would think about her recital and about Suga.
Suga seemed so innocent and she always maintained her respectful nature as she did as she walked toward the school teacher’s house and you could sense that this dance was going to be very important to Suga. She remained respectable, as you think about her life with an impoverished family in a world of young girls who were selected as future bride’s.
The setting in this piece of work was magnificent as I imagined the tiny house in this poor community. The stage in the teacher’s house must have been so magical for Suga and for the other little girl who was already dancing when she arrived.
I feel sorry for Suga as I understand that she and every other girl is always being looked at but for the recital, I think this is one time when she really does want to be noticed and for something other than being a girl who will be chosen for other things in life besides her dancing. I think that this quote offers a good look into the life of Suga and gives a vivid description of her life and surroundings.
Enchi, Fumiko, (2002) The Waiting Years, Oxford University Press, p.24