Aspects of Personality
Typical non-fiction novels make use of a readers interest and attachment to a main
character to pull the reader through the story. This is done by developing the characters
personality with insight into his thinking, actions, decisions, and the display of some of the other
aspects of his life. Through these insights, the reader develops either an almost friendly
attachment to the protagonist, or at least some sort of interest in him. In two stories by Murakami
Haruki, however, there is very little development of the main character, in the traditional sense.
In both “Norwegian Wood” as well as “Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of The World”
the protagonist is defined less by what little information the author has given about him, but
instead by the interactions with the female characters.
Murakamis’ novels both make use of three types of female characters to further develop
the personality of the protagonist. Through his interactions with these female characters, we can
see aspects of his personality through these women. Murakami seems to use these characters as
idealized symbols of portions of the main character. There are three identifiable character roles
for the female characters, the first of which I will refer to as the Deity, the second as the
Extrovert, and the third as the Teacher. The Deity is the aspect of the protagonist that reaches
into the very deepest depths of his persona, the idealized and sheltered part that contains his fears.
The Deity is the main concept of what makes him who he is, it sets the standards for his goals,
intentions and moral values; all other aspects of his personality are designed to maintain, secure,
and guide the Deity. One of the supporting personality aspects is the Extrovert. The Extrovert is
the major portion that deals with interactions with other people and society. This aspect is what
creates his outward view of society, and guides him in reference to how he treats others, and
expects to be treated. The Teacher is a