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Introduction Individuals are not just aware of their place in the world they are also involved in group interactions all of which are located within social settings each of these dimensions --- subjectivity intersubjectivity and social context --- must be taken into account Pile 1996 53 According to Judith Butler the truth of sex is produced and compelled by the regulatory practices of gender coherence 1990 24 Gender norms are under legitimate regulations It is the repeated stylization of the body a set of repeated acts within a highly rigid frame that congeal over time to produce the appearance of substance of natural sort of being Butler 1990 33 Subjectivity becomes a performance a masquerade Essence is absent under self discipline People assume themselves to be the kind of people they are and react to others on the basis of the types of people they seem to be In Yukio Mishimas Confessions of a Mask the I-narrator describes his childhood and adolescent experiences in an attempt to isolate early signs of his homosexuality seemingly to aid his rhetoric of confession His account of sadomasochistic homosexual desires tangles between fact and fiction without a clear distinction between notions of masking and unmasking Is the narrators sexuality a performance How do ideas of abjection fetishism and death drive interact with each other Does the narrator try to repress his sexual drive under what Butler calls regulatory practices This essay serves to examine the above and the question of whether or not this novel is entirely confessional shall be discussed as well The Id Ego and Super-ego topology According to Freud personality rests on the dynamic interaction of three mental elements the id --- the storehouse of subconscious sexual or aggressive impulses the super-ego --- the conscience and the ego --- the rational self which tries to satisfy the demands of both id and super-ego 1962 31 The individual has to cope with two related but opposed instincts
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