Empire of the Sun

by J. G. Ballard

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Research the internment of European civilians in China by the Japanese during World War II. Can you find reports of experiences similar to or different from those of Jim's?

Investigate what psychologists say about the relationship between prisoners and guards. Compare their findings to the dynamics of Jim's relationship with his guards. Find examples in the novel.

View the film Empire of the Sun. What differences do you find between the book and the movie? What effect do those differences have on the themes? Characters?

Investigate the culture of Japan and China. Compare your findings to Jim's descriptions of the different cultures.

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