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Corruption of Culture In Yukio Mishimas Swaddling Clothes we see a great deal of symbolism portraying the corruption of the Japanese culture The times are changing and with that change culture is adapting to it Some of the Japanese feel threatened and that the changes that are being made are corrupting their moral values The story is told through Toshiko a lonely and seemingly oppressed wife and mother She shows how this corruption is leading to decay The story depicts the corruption of Japanese culture by western modernization Japanese culture is becoming more westernized unhomely with its Western-style furniture 366 The air of the room being unhomely because some Japanese thought that Western-style was corrupt Toshikos husband is accepting these changes sitting there in his American-style suit puffing at a cigarette 366 The city they live in is changing as well dotted with bars and then by a theatre 368 The park that Toshiko visits had also changed The paper lanterns that hung from wires between the trees had been put out in their place electric light bulbsthat shone dully beneath the blossoms 369 The word dully being used to show that western-style is dull and dreary Violence is one of the concepts Toshiko relates to western culture Toshiko believes western style is violent his frail body was wrapped in bloodstained newspapers 367 showing the degradation of moral values in this westernized society When Toshikos husband is sitting there talking with his friends he jokes about the incident and stating I rescued our good rug 367 this showing that his mind is corrupt with the western culture because he did not care about the well being of the nurse and the blood did not faze him The baby is a symbol of the violence in the western culture as well The way the baby was born was out of wedlock Even if that baby should grow up in ignorance of the secret of his
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