The Outsider in Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea and Wonderful Fool

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The “Outsider” in Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea and Wonderful Fool

The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea Wonderful Fool In designing the characters in a novel, frequently, an author includes a character who finds himself on the outside of the accepted society. This outsider character often finds himself at a disadvantage. The mere fact that he is unfamiliar in his society tends to create problems for the character to solve. After solving these problems, the character leaves behind a lasting effect on at least one other character, both of whom have changed dramatically due to the influence of the outsider.

In Yukio Mishima's novel The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, the character Ryuji Tsukazaki
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Ryuji's discontent with land was quite evident while he spent time with Ryuji and Fusako. Having never had a strong family, Ryuji felt out of place in their household.

As he first became assimilated into Noboru's life, Ryuji felt on the outside, unaccepted and disapproved of by Noboru. In the beginning, in an attempt to downplay his manhood Noboru described the sailor as "not such a big man" (Mishima 11). As the novel progresses, largely due to the influence of the gang, Noboru grows to hate Ryuji, and further the gap between Ryuji and Noboru. For Ryuji, this lack of respect exhibited by Noboru is devastating. Ryuji sensed Noboru's need to have a "real man" as a role model, and spent his time attempting to build the bridge between the two, and manufacture a bond which both of them were satisfied with. In a backfired attempt to bond with Noboru, Ryuji tries to impress Noboru and his gang by attempting to relate to their youthfulness. He tries to show the he, too, could go to the park and have a good time, just as the boys could. However, the problem only worsened due to this action. Noboru was so appalled that Ryuji would do such a thing as to admit to his taking a bath in a fountain. He imagined Ryuji living up to his courageous reputation and offering as an anecdote "I rescued a woman who had thrown herself off the pier"