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Theme Paper Patriotism Death in many places death is feared taking ones own live is looked upon as cowardly and weak This story sheds a different light on death it shows the honor and respectful way of bowing out To see the honor in death one must understand the culture and the time period The story Patriotism written by Yukio Mishima shows a couples courage love and faith as well as the mans commitment to his country As the story goes Shinji is a member of the Imperil forces Shinji has taken an oath to fight for his country his honor depends on his commitment He will fight to death and risk his life whenever necessary to protect his livelihood Hes newly married and has even forsaken his honeymoon to fulfill his duties with the army His wife has taken a silent oath an understanding that her husband could die at anytime and that she too would accept the fate This was traditional in Japan her mother had given her a dagger so that when the day comes she will be ready to fulfill her commitment Soon though Shinji and Riekos Commitments to each other and the Imperial Force are challenged Shinji is informed that his close colleagues and friends have been mutineers from the beginning As the reality of death fronts itself to Shinji he must decide whether to fight and possibly live or Take his own life and die In the Japanese society this is an honorable way for one to bow out This decision also weighs heavily on his wife he is not only choosing his fate but his young wifes too His wife upon hearing the news from her husband does not blink an eye her commitment to her husband and their societys values radiate from her eyes This part of the story shows how helpless women are in this society and how dependant they are This as
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