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Throughout human history true love has always been a difficult joy to obtain In The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima Shinji and Hatsues love endures tough battles because of numerous characters Yasuo Chiyoko and Terukichi Mishima portrays these characters as antagonists in the physical conflicts against Shinji and Hatsue These characters however are each antagonists to different extents because of the specific ways that they contribute to the plot Overall Yasuo Chiyoko and Terukichi are antagonists who contribute in various ways to Shinjis and Hatsues strugglesOf the three characters the most antagonistic is Yasuo because of his jealousy and shameless greed Yasuos frustration from Shinji and Hatsues relationship causes him to reveal his jealousy for the animosity he feels toward Shinji and the jealousy he feels at Shinjis having stolen a march on him were enough to keep him awake of themselves 87 Furthermore the author uses kinesthetic imagery to express Yasuos feelings towards the relationship which draws the readers attention of the matter and how it should be viewed Mishima also displays foreshadowing from this quote as he shows Yasuo planning his approach to settle things between him and Shinji as a result leading to major conflicts Jealousy an obstacle that Shinji and Hatsue face throughout the novel overall progresses the physical conflict between Shinji and Yasuo This physical conflict is reflected in Shinji and Yasuos head-to-head battle on Terukichis ship where Yasuo reveals his greed and selfishness and other negative traits as wellOh well anyway when this voyage is over Im going to become Uncle Terus son Then this ship will belong to me 155 Yasuo shows his greed and selfishness in that he cares less about Hatsue and more about his personal gain after Terukichis task Thus Mishima describes the difference between true love and fake love showing that an individual with true love Shinji shows compassion towards the other while fake love Yasuo only wishes
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