Mishima presents Fusako as a woman who seeks a man due to her long years of abstinence after the death of her husband. As most single women do, Fusako not only wants a man to take the role as a father for her offspring, but also to satisfy her in intimate ways. It is brought to our attention that Noboru would watch his mother and discovered that numerous times throughout the story Fusako would walk around naked in her room before she went to bed, “He discovered that it was her habit… to sit completely naked for a few minutes before going to bed…. Usually she got right into bed after touching her flesh with perfumed water, but sometimes she would sit at the dressing table and gaze into the mirror at her profile for a few minutes” (Mishima 7),this symbolizes the magnitude of Fusako’ loneliness, and her desire to have a man that will...
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...e novel is a figurative war between pre-WW2 Japan and post-WW2 Japan and how the author portrays Fusako as a woman who was raised in the old ways of Japan must now try to adjust to its new westernized ways and avoid those who oppose the new Japan where in the past women weren’t allow to run businesses, but now she is, as well as how she eagerly seeks another mate due to the fact that she’s over thirty and single while trying to be the provider and nurturing mother to her fatherless son Noboru.
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Mishima, Yukio, and John Nathan. The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea.Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1970. Print.
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