Kafka on the Shore

by

Haruki Murakami

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Johnnie Walker Character Analysis

A mysterious and sinister character, Johnnie Walker is named after and dresses like the mascot for Johnnie Walker brand whiskey. He is extremely cruel and violent, especially towards cats. Johnnie Walker believes he must kill cats in order to gather souls so that he can create a mystical flute. Johnnie eventually convinces Nakata to kill him in exchange for Goma’s life.
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Johnnie Walker Character Timeline in Kafka on the Shore

The timeline below shows where the character Johnnie Walker appears in Kafka on the Shore. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 14
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...trousers, and tall black boots. He takes a sip of whiskey and introduces himself as Johnnie Walker . (full context)
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Johnnie Walker reveals that he has Goma, and that he will give Nakata an opportunity to get... (full context)
Chapter 16
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In Johnnie Walker’s house, the big dog leads Nakata to a clean, cold kitchen. Nakata opens a large... (full context)
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Johnnie Walker reveals that Goma is among the next batch of cats he has captured and plans... (full context)
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Johnnie Walker dispatches a second cat in the same manner, still whistling cheerfully. Nakata feels a horrible... (full context)
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Nakata warns Johnnie Walker to stop, saying he no longer feels like himself. Feeling as if he has lost... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...in the vacant lot where he had been waiting for Goma. He vividly remembers stabbing Johnnie Walker , but there is no blood on his hands or clothes. However, Mimi and Goma... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...him. Once again, he feels something foreign welling up inside him, as he did when Johnnie Walker was killing the cats. Looking to the sky, Nakata calmly opens his umbrella. As if... (full context)
Chapter 36
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...up and they make their way to the apartment. There, they discuss the murder of Johnnie Walker . Nakata says he no longer wants to give himself up to the police, because... (full context)