Essay Topic 1
Explain the significance of the novel's title. What did the author mean by calling the book The Master of Go? Cite an example to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Politics play a significant role in the book. Kawabata refers to the politics of the Japanese society of The Master of Go compared to that of China. Discuss the use of politics in the novel. How does politics influence the actions of the main characters of the Master, Otake, and others? Also, examine the use of politics in relationships.
Essay Topic 3
One of the main themes in the book is ethical and social responsibility. List at least four examples where Kawabata employs this specific theme. Is the battle between making ethical choices obvious or subtle? What characters are involved in this kind of battle? Do you think the right person or group won? Does good always triumph...
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