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Soseki and Mishima were both concerned with the erosion of Japanese traditions After World War II the gap between the young and the old was made more apparent and traditions were lost Mishima felt that Japan had succumbed to western ideas and cultures and was diluted of its own cultural heritage Soseki also felt that the gap between old and young people was widening and that this was causing misunderstandings between generations It was in this period that the emperor denounced his divinity and admitted to being merely human Mishima was among those who became disillusioned and felt betrayed He wanted Japan to revert to its days of honor when the land was filled with samurai he was obsessed with the Japanese code of honor The era of samurai defined the Japanese spirit When the emperor denounced himself it meant the end of Japan as Mishima wanted it He was prepared to die if that would bring back the spirit of honor in Japan Soseki wrote Kokoro in the time when the Confucianist ideals of position in families were being challenged As the changes in Japan separated parents and childrens ways of thinking the relationships between them also changed Both authors were afraid of what Japan might become if left to continue its changing and their novels serve as warnings to the problems arising from their countrys evolution Both authors link death with honor It is honorable for General Nogi to commit ritual suicide after the emperor dies because he has fulfilled his duty In Kokoro Sensei commits suicide because he can no longer face the world in which he has no reason to live His guilt of Ks death keeps him from enjoying life and the gap between old and poor further drives him to despair The only solution to save him from guilt is to die As the Meiji era died it took many lives with it Sensei could not live in
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