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Rachelle Yoojung Moon
Close-Reading Argumentative Essay
September 11, 2013
The Aesthetics that Blind the True Sisterhood
 The desire for preservation is instinctive to any art collector who wants to everlastingly
capture an artwork’s captivating beauty. But what if this artwork was a human being? Haruki
Murakami, in
 After Dark 
, exposes an “exquisite” character Eri who is trapped and lost within her
own sleep. Her physical beauty is so appealing, even to her own sister Mari, that she desires to
 preserve her: Eri becomes the artwork; Mari, the art collector. Murakami mocks this humanely
 preference for the external allure over the internal importance, which blinds Mari from yet
realizing the need to save her sister.
Murakami purposefully characterizes the two sisters wit
h contrasting identities: Eri as
this stunning yet “transparent” celebrity, and Mari as an ordinary student whose attributes are
focused on her inner qualities (200). Thus, like the concept that “opposites attract,” it may be
natural for Mari to scrutinize her sister’s beauty, almost to the extent of jealousy. Yet, the way she
describes her sister is none of the ordinary, nearly implying a desire for Eri to stay trapped within
her sleep, crystallized in time and space. When Mari asserts that her sister is “more beautiful”
asleep “than when she’s awake,” this demonstrates a sense of preference--the inactivity of Eri
amplifies her aesthetic qualities (200). However, the pessimism of this idea is revealed when we
fathom that such lack of action is equivalent to lacking consciousness. Although Eri, the artwork