Thestory revolves around Lieutenant Shinji Takeyama and his wife, Reiko.These two characters commit suicide in honor of their government.Shinji and Reiko used the art of ritualistic samurai death incommitting their suicide. When Lieutenant Shinji Takeyama discoveredthat the army that meant almost everything to him had mutinied, hewent back to his wife and told her of his plan to commit suicide. Theyoung couple`s first performed hara-kiri before taking their life.After Reiko had witnessed the death of her husband, she too killsherself so as to die together with her husband.
Thesetting of the story was in February 1936, just three years beforeWorld War 2. Although the story revolves around Shinji and Reiko’shome, it is clear that the culture used in the story is minimalist(Mishima, 1995).
Inthe article, Mishima, have used the style of vivid description tomake sure that the reader clearly understands the events that areunfolding in the story. For example, the setting of the stage thatthe couple’s used to commit suicide was described and illustratedin details to help convince the reader (Mishima, 1995). Also, thevivid description of the events that unfolded when the couples werecommitting suicide to help the reader to understand how dedicated andmotivated the couples were.
Althoughthe story has quite some lessons that can be grasped by the reader,there is no argument that the primary intention of the author was toportray to the reader how one should take one self-honor forseriously.
Fromthe story, it can be concluded that Mishima views suicide as anexceptional act when it comes to a situation where one intends topreserve his or her honor.
Mishima,Y., & Sargent, G. W. (1995). Patriotism.New York: New Directions Books.