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Patriotism by Yukio Mishima is a story of the effects of war on a person his friendship and the country he loves The story conveys very descriptive emotional and powerful imagery of the main couples final night and their happy life It has not been six months since their marriage and Lieutenant Shinji is facing a dilemma In the morning he is to lead a company of the Imperial army against his best friends which he cant do There is no doubt in his decision to commit suicide Reiko with the expectation of a soldiers wife does not hesitate in her decision and follows his footsteps This story illustrates psychological emotional and sociological damage war can do to a relationship love and patriotism The author portrays very brief and glowing imagery of the characters on their wedding night and the day they commit suicide Lieutenant Shinji and his wife Reiko the protagonists are dedicated youthful heroic and beautiful Mishima values the youth of Shinji His expression was severe and his dark brows and wide-gazing eyes well conveyed the clear integrity of youth 696 Mishima refers to Reikos beauty as shining serene like the moon after rain 696 He puts five stars on her beauty and sexuality by saying Reikos body was white and pure and her swelling breasts conveyed a firm and chaste refusal but upon consent those breasts were lavish with their intimate welcoming warmth 697 She symbolizes the Japanese culture to surrender and dedicate her life to her husband She laid the dagger without a word on the mat before her just as her husband had laid his sword 696 Just as the Lieutenant has joined the army with the acceptance that he may have to give his life out of love for his country Reiko has married Shinji knowing that she may have to give her life out of love for the Lieutenant As Shinji is fighting a war Reiko comforts her
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