Sailor Who Fell From Grace

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In the novel, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, by Yukio Mishima, Mishima writes in a way that allows the characters to speak directly to the reader through their inner most thoughts and emotions. Instead of a third person narrative where the reader is use to that type of context. It feels as if the character is talking to you personally. By doing this, Mishima is allowing his characters to let the readers know what mind state each character is going through. Mishima’s use of communication is a good addition that lets the reader get to know the novel and characters better. There are three main characters in this novel, and they all use direct communication for their readers. One character in particular is Ryuji, a sailor who has been at sea majority of his life. He finally has come back on land, and falls in love with a woman. She however has a son and is not willing to leave land to travel the seas with Ryuji. Ryuji goes through a sea of emotions, and the reader will be right along side him the whole way through the novel. In The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, Mishima chooses to have all his characters speak directly to the reader. For example, the character Ryuji, (Fusako’s boyfriend) expresses his true thoughts in a pretty straight forward statement. It is almost similar to a soliloquy, but worded so as the character is talking to the reader, not themselves. Ryuji is a sailor who spent most of his life in the ocean, but now has stopped on land and maybe for sure this time. He is currently dating Noboru’s mom, Fusako. After spending his first night with Fusako, Ryuji states, "There's just one thing I'm destined for and that's glory; that's right glory! He had no idea what kind of glory he wanted, or was suited for." (Mishima 16). Ryuji is telling the reader that he is destined for glory however he does not know how he wants or how it will be

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