In the story, the young people may love two different persons at the same time. This can be seen as their feeling of lost in growing. The lust that belongs to puberty had caused the young men and young women to be addicted to sensuality. On one hand, physiological reactions compelled them to love a few people simultaneously; on the other hand, ethnical peaching had forced them to feel guilty for what they have done. Not knowing how to give up the love for someone whom they shouldn’t fall for and struggling between two sentiments without a way out, they felt lost, not knowing what they were doing, but still keep moving forward step by step. Perhaps, this is how growing is like. "Norweigian Wood" is famous for its portrait of realistic romance and is great in portraiting the vulnerabilities of human nature. The film also successfully portraits these. In complicated romantic love triangles, the characters has experienced much struggles as they fall prey to their own temptation of lust. Vulnerabilities of human nature are shown in disobeying morality. Lust is like an encrusted wound which people scratch due to the itchy feeling. These circumstances are often seen in adolescence, because they lack a thorough understanding of themselves, heart and virtue, and the world. Not knowing the consequences of their actions, they could not control themselves and lack patience. These are what they have to learn to grow.
Lung Kit Yu, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
Stream: Literature/Literary Studies
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