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Discuss the role and significance of Chiyoko in The Sound of Waves (by Yukio Mishima)

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Essay: Discuss the role and significance of Chiyoko In The Sound of Waves, Mishima presents Chiyoko as one of the two antagonists in the novel a detestable and jealous foil character to Hatsue. Alongside Yasuo, Chiyoko serves as an obstacle to Shinji and Hatsue?s developing relationship. Mishima also uses Chiyoko as a medium through which he expresses his doubts about merits of academic education, the gradual western influences and the rapidly development of Japan in creating fulfillment and moral guidance in life. The significance of Chiyoko?s existence is for her to act as an obstruction in Shinji and Hatsue?s love affair. Having witnessed Shiniji and Hatsue coming down the mountain path together after the storm, Chiyoko?s feelings of jealousy deep down were instigated. This prompted her to tell the story to Yasuo, but obviously a biased version. ...read more.


She hated the island, instead ?she longer for Tokyo where, even on a stormy day, the automobiles went back and forth as usual, the elevators up and down and the street cars bustled along.? Phrases ?back and forth? and ?up and down? used in the tripling create a structured yet monotonous tone, which may on life in the city ? mundane and boring. ?There in the city almost all nature had been put into uniform, and the little power of nature that remained was an enemy.? Mishima describes the city that Chiyoko longs to return as a place which lacks vigor and energy, which has influenced Chiyoko?s disposition. Mishima also conveys that the influence of modern Japan and its westernized society leads to the loss of closeness to nature, and therefore the loss of purity and morals when she attempts to break Shinji and Hatsue apart due to her jealousy. ...read more.


Despite her education in Tokyo, Chiyoko has become Irony of 'refinements' - despite learning these in Tokoyo, Chiyoko has actually beocome quite rude and unsociable in her behaviour. She even shows disprespect for her father who she blames for her ugliness. Chiyoko has become affected and puts on a pretence/mask to hide behind. Unlike the natural beauty of the island girls who are unaffected and simple. Chiyoko has lost her identity: she is no longer the simple island girl, yet she doesn't seem to fit into city life either. She has become: 'gloomy' 'brooded over her commonplace face'. She is dissatisfied with her looks. Chiyoko has learnt not to trust men and is cynical towards them and love. 'Here it is again!' hints that she has experienced a lot of arrogant men in the city. She has come to have unrealistic and romantic views of love through the movies: 'I love you instead of You love me' ...read more.

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