In “We Will Not Be Here,” which male characters are we supposed to think are actually real and which are not? I think the blind boy with the marbles was a hallucination of Miya’s. I also think the boy on the bike at the end–who is (?) the same boy, is a hallucination or at least represents something that’s going on with Miya’s apparent mental illness.

So the boy (or man, I guess) in the hospital who she thinks is Junpei…he’s real. We know this because Henry (voice of reality) acknowledges him and because his mother shows up. But he’s not actually Junpei.

Is Junpei real? Did he ever exist? How long has Miya been hallucinating?

And how do we define existence, then?


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  • October 24, 2019 at 5:49 am

    Okay, I was thinking about this more after class and honestly, I’m starting to think Junpei wasn’t even real. Because she mentions how she and Junpei got there at the same time and were always together and I don’t know I feel like after reconsidering how much of any of the story is real it just seems to add up that Junpei wasn’t real and he is some form of her fears and anxieties manifesting in some way. I don’t know. I am questioning the whole story now.

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