Reflective Statement for The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima
The in the class discussion on The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, really helped my knowledge in understanding of the cultural and contextual considerations of the work. Specifically, the presentations that focused in the life of Mishima and also the family values of Japan pre-war and post war.
To begin, the presentation referring to the life of Mishima aided in me better understanding the life of Noboru and Ryuji. Mishima was a man who struggled with his personality. He didn’t know what he wanted from life. Similarly, Ryuji is seen as a direct representation of this aspect of Mishima. Ryuji throughout the book struggled to decide what he really wanted in his life. Moreover, Mishima loved the old Japanese viewpoints and traditions. Similarly, Noboru was a young individual that loved and fully followed the old traditional viewpoints Mishima. I am a Nigerian, and I was raised as a traditional Nigerian. So in essence, I think differently than other Nigerian youths that have been brought up westernized. Like Noboru, I would rather follow old tradition than conform to the new ways of doing certain things.
Another presentation hat helped me further understand the book was the presentation about Japanese family values before and after the World War 2. In this presentation, I was able to notice that there was a contrast in culture before and after the war. Due to the contrast, I understood why Fusako acted in the manner she did throughout the book, and also why Noboru has resentment towards his mother. Before the war, Japan like most other countries at that time had stereotypical views for men and women, such as, making babies for women and also working for men. However, after the war women had more freedom. Fusako was a modern woman, she owned her own store and she was also a single mother. She didn’t normally take part of basic Japanese rituals nor did she dress like an ordinary Japanese woman. Noboru was an exact depiction of Japan pre-War, which caused him to resent his mother.
To conclude, during the oral discussions, I was able to learn more information about the novel and also gain further insight on the author. But I still have the question: why someone would right a novel in such an explicit fashion?
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The Perceptions of Glory
“Glory is only temporary. The way you choose to live your life, lives on eternity” – Jerry Flanagan. In Yukio Mishima’s novel The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, one of the major characters Ryuji Tsukazaki, who is a Japanese sailor, struggles with the perception he has about his personal glory. After being a sailor for the majority of his life, he settles down with Fusako, who is the mother of the other major character Noboru. When Ryuji decides to abandon his career as a sailor, his views about his personal glory change. Through the use of the motif of the sea, Yukio Mishima is able...