The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea

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Candidate Name: David Wilson Candidate Number: School: Scots College Country: New Zealand Word count: 1425 Reflective Statement My understanding of the novel The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with The Sea written by Yukio Mishima was considerably furthered by the interactive oral. My ideas on the text before compared to my thoughts after the oral were greatly different. One of the major talking points of the interactive oral was the how the author voiced his own personal thoughts. Most works of literature convey some of the author’s personal thoughts and interests however in this novel Mishima conveys a sense of despair as too the state of Japan after their defeat in World War Two. In the oral we collectively as a group discussed that Mishima despised what Japan had become and how this was conveyed in the text. This westernisation of Japan was represented in the novel by the character of Ryuji Tsukazaki who after beginning the story as an honourable sailor “one of the only true things permissible” according to the group of savage boys become nothing but a glorified house maid. The young boy, Noburu, reflects Mishima’s personal views on the subject by demonstrating the old code of bushido when he says “how can this man be saying things like that this splendid hero who once shone so brightly?” . In the oral we discussed how this quote was a metaphor for what Ryuji and to a larger extent what Japan had become in real life. A further instance in which the interactive oral
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