Kafka on the Shore

by

Haruki Murakami

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Kafka’s Sister Character Analysis

Kafka’s older sister disappeared with his mother when Kafka was almost too young to remember. Kafka knows his sister was adopted, but can no longer remember what she looks like. Because of the prophecy from his father, Kafka is worried that every young woman he meets might be his sister.

Kafka’s Sister Quotes in Kafka on the Shore

The Kafka on the Shore quotes below are all either spoken by Kafka’s Sister or refer to Kafka’s Sister. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of Kafka on the Shore published in 2006.
Chapter 21 Quotes

“My father told me there was nothing I could to escape this fate. That prophecy is like a timing device buried inside my genes, and nothing can ever change it. I will kill my father and be with my mother and sister.

Page Number: 202
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Kafka’s Sister Character Timeline in Kafka on the Shore

The timeline below shows where the character Kafka’s Sister appears in Kafka on the Shore. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
The Virtues of Self-Sufficiency Theme Icon
...from his father’s study. He also takes an old photo of himself and his older sister standing on the beach many years ago. The photo fills him with questions—he can’t remember... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...extremely attracted to her—until he suddenly wonders if this girl could be his long-lost older sister. Before he can think much further, he falls asleep. (full context)
Chapter 5
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...him, who is named Sakura (a different name, he notes, from that of his older sister). She gives him her phone number, and muses again that she believes all meetings are... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...Sakura’s apartment, Kafka tells Sakura about running away from home and that his mother and sister left the family when he was just four, but decides not to tell her anything... (full context)
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...Still, she starts to give him a handjob, while asking him questions about his older sister. Kafka asks if he can picture Sakura naked. Sakura thinks it’s a silly question, but... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...calm won’t last long. Inevitably, says Crow, Kafka will dream about raping his mother or sister. He worries about the consequences of his dreams and imagination, and thinks that, ultimately, those... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...Oedipus, Oshima points out. Kafka’s father also added that Kafka would sleep with his older sister as well as his mother. To Kafka, the prophecy feels like “a timing device buried... (full context)
Chapter 31
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...delivered the prophecy that Kafka would murder him and sleep with Miss Saeki and his sister. Miss Saeki seems surprised. She asks if she knows Kafka’s father, and he repeats that... (full context)
Chapter 39
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...his father and slept with his mother, all that remains is to sleep with his sister, as he’s doing now. Fulfilling the prophecy is the only way to be free of... (full context)
Chapter 41
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...had sex with his mother, he has to fulfill the prophecy by sleeping with his sister so that he can be free of the omen. Crow, walking behind him, says that... (full context)