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

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

In the novels The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, by Yukio Mishima, and Wonderful Fool, by Shusaku Endo, the authors write in a way which allows the characters to speak directly to the reader through thoughts. This device lets the reader know exactly what the character is experiencing. Mishima and Endo's use of direct thought communication proves to be a beneficial aspect that aids the reader in understanding these works of literature. Both authors use this literary technique to clearly express to the readers the true thoughts and feelings of the characters; in turn allowing the reader to realize and understand the changes
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Ryuji's change is a result of his having to choose between a life at sea, where he feels his glory awaits him, or a life on land with Fusako. Ryuji's introspection on his life and glory are conveyed to the reader through his expression of boredom and disillusionment. At dawn of New Year's Day, Ryuji stands at the dock with Fusako and thinks about his being, "tired to death of the squalor and the boredom in a sailor's life . . . There was no glory to be found, not anywhere in the world" (Mishima 111). The reader now has a clear picture of Ryuji's emotions towards his current situation and an understanding of Ryuji's discovery of what he wants; a life on land. Ryuji's lack of interest in the life of a sailor is conveyed to the reader through Mishima's application of the literary technique of allowing the character's thoughts to be clear. Ryuji's contemplation on the subject of leaving the sea is important because it permits the reader to understand why Ryuji takes the course of action he later follows. Similarly, it aids the reader in realizing the change Ryuji has undergone.

Ryuji's final opinion on his life and his true ideas about himself are brought to the reader's attention in his ponderance over the decision to leave his life at sea. While waiting with the gang on the afternoon of his murder, Ryuji thinks, "I could have been a man sailing away forever. He had been fed up
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