The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

Yukio Mishima's novel The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea was an international success when it was published in 1965, and the mixture of romanticism and brutality seemed to express a new vision of the world, a vision that would lead in time to the author's ritual suicide as a political statement. Mishima once said of himself, "I am a realist who attempts to depict with complete reality a romantic psychology which cannot be found in reality." This idea is reflected in this book as it shows that what the author means is found in the positioning of opposites in a way that could happen in real life but that in truth represents states of mind more than real human behaviors. In this ...

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of a prisoner in his own room, a room from which he seeks to escape. He observes the outside world before he joins it, seeing himself as an outsider even in his own home. Even his mother's room is alien territory in his mind:
Noboru couldn't believe he was looking at his mother's bedroom; it might have belonged to a stranger. But there was no doubt that a woman lived there; femininity trembled in every corner, a faint scent lingered in the air (5).
He sees this room through a peephole, and when he actually enters the room, it seems to be a different place, for "the room bore no resemblance to the mysterious chamber he had seen through the peephole" (6). The "reality" seen through the peephole and the reality of the actual room are different, and the act of observing creates one reality separated from the actuality of places, objects, and other people.
Noboru's violence might seem to be a personal action, but for him, his own actions are also observed rather than felt, ...

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