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In the story "Thailand" by Haruki Murakami, analyze how the scene at the pool reflects the central theme of the story.

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In Haruki Murakami's short story "Thailand," the main character, Satsuki, experiences a metaphorical spiritual renewal as the water in the pool washes over her and fills her with a peace that she has forgotten can exist within her.

Satsuki is completely consumed by her resentment and hatred toward her ex-husband and finds herself constantly wishing that he be killed by a sudden earthquake. Her heart and spirit are hardened. However, as she floats in the peaceful water, listening to the soothing music of jazz that her driver is playing out of the car, she begins to reflect on that state of her spirit. A short while later, a fortune teller explains to her that she has a cold stone inside her and that, in order for her to be released from her resentment, a snake must appear to her in a dream and devour the stone of hatred that has consumed her life. Satsuki resolves to allow this dream to occur, symbolizing her desire to let go of her resentment and hatred and become at peace.

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