His short story “Aghwee the Sky Monster” (“Sora no kaibutsu Aguii”) combines both the central autobiographical motif of A Personal Matter with the surreal play . A college student takes a job as companion to a young composer who is considered crazy. The composer believes the ghost (Aghwee the Sky Monster) of his. Aghwee the Sky Monster is a ghost story that almost serves as a coda to William Blake’s more ethereal engravings. The narrator of the story.

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D begins talking to Aghwee while he and the narrator are out in the city.

Summary A college student takes a job as companion to a young composer who is considered crazy. The narrator had worked as a companion to a composerD, then aged 28, who had apparently gone mad after the death of his afhwee son. But one day the composer, seemingly deep in discussion with the phantom child, steps in front of a truck and is killed.

We learn something terrible sku the composer. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. When he forgives them, he senses a being leave the ground behind him and soar into the sky: The student’s job consists of following D around Tokyo, often witnessing the composer’s one-sided exchanges with Aghwee when the baby apparently descends from the sky.

Aghwee the Sky Aghdee is one of those family orientated stories. The story reaches an end with the death of D on Christmas Eve. There maybe a way out of loneliness. It helped me to understand what ghosts maybe. From now on I will look for them.


She gives the narrator a key which turns out to unlock agnwee box of D’s compositions, which D burns and buries. Our narrator is a college student of eighteen and needs to get a job to make some money to buy books he wants.

In answer D merely smiles; whether mocking or “friendly mischief” the narrator cannot tell. This story has been lauded by comparative literary critics, being compared even to famous Japanese short story author Akutagawa Ryunosuke.

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Aghwee the Sky Monster – Kenzaburo Oe

Don’t forget you are dealing with a looney. The dead baby, Aghwee, is a key character in the story. The story followed the character D and his psychological trauma from killing his new born son. The eye may look all right, but the truth is I have barely any sight in it The narrator is told by D’s estranged wife that D had killed their son, starving him because he was born with a brain hernia which later turned out to be a benign tumour. It is supposed to be afraid of dogs and policemen and it comes down out of the sky and its name is Aghwee.

He confronts the dying man, shouting, “I was about to believe in Aghwee! Although the student has mosnter been lost in his own fantasy world of obsessive movie viewing—he immediately conflates Aghwee with the giant rabbit in the Jimmy Stewart film Harveyfor example—it takes him until the end of monsteg story to truly understand the composer’s message. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: It helped me understand why I sometimes see cats in the sky.

This story portrays the effects on the father’s life of that decision. He has begun to imagine that a ghost in the form of a six foot tall baby will on occasion descend from the sky and be visible only to the composer. While waiting to cross a road, “D cried out and thrust both arms in front of him as if he were trying to rescue something”. Cancel reply Enter your comment here This man wants him to be a sort of watchdog for his thirty year old son. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.


How guilt can make us feel our lives are frozen in place. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The narrator then decides that Aghwee was simply a pretense for the composer to prepare his own suicide.

The Reading Life: “Aghwee The Sky Monster” by Kenzaburo Oe

The wife accuses D of fleeing reality. Ultimately, however, the narrative goes beyond the formal pleasures of the fantastic to suggest a moral dimension as well. The composer, called “D” seems attuned to another world when this ghost visits him. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Miscellaneous Translated and with an introduction by John Nathan. D says that when he goes outside, he is visited by the spirit of his son, who swoops down out of the sky: