Yukio Mishima
I read a novella with a collection of three stories by Yukio Mishima. The first
story was called "The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea," the second
was called "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion", and the third was

"Confessions of a Mask." I would enjoy talking about each of these books
individually, however I have far too little room for discussions of a such a
great feat of writing. Instead I will point out the under lying themes that
manifest themselves in each story very clearly. The most prominent and head
motif was of the hero myth. Every culture honors a form of hero, and although
not many realize that heroes are not always people hero myths often fall onto
the shoulders of leaders who focus the same kind of energy. Each story has a
hero character. Even thought they have done heroic things it shows a sad side to
being a hero. It also tells us that heroes to some are villains to others. In

Donald Duck, he is looking for a true hero, a north star to follow to the
promised land of his own culture where he can be proud of being Chinese. The
important thing is he found it, but not in one person, in everyone. As I pointed
out before sometimes heroes are not people. Like the mandate of heaven, thatís
not really a hero, or is it? It focused the heroic qualities onto one person, a
leader. Although each Empire rose and fell it shows that they were popular with
the people. And to the people they were heroes. Just like Donald, he found his
hero in the community. Each hero in Yukioís book meets a grotesque fate, or
has an impassable quirk that only lets his heroic qualities shine on very few.

Frederick Douglass was his own hero, and he knew that and he exploited it.

Ultima had many heroic leadership qualities. Even Tenorio, the one who whooped a
bunch of men into killing Ultima, he was able to do it which must say something,
even if he is an anti-hero. Another less present theme that ran through almost
everything was something I call, "Lost, but yet always found". Perhaps you
donít realize it at first, but whatever someone is looking for on a quest is
almost always within them. This motif melds with change because the whole quest
is to bring out the lost qualities people never knew they had. In the book

"Temple Of The Golden Pavillion." the main characterís whole life revolves
around the golden temple. That was all he spoke of, that was all his father
spoke of before he died. When his father dies Yukio goes and lives as an acolyte
in the temple with the other monks. The main character thinks of himself as
ugly, and always clung to the golden temple as something of beauty. He hoped the
beauty would reflect of of him as well. When he saw the temple which was actualy
drab and samll he felt betrayed. I thought it was odd as well, but if you look
at the title, "Temple Of The Golden Pavillion." It says golden Pavillion,
not golden temple. Again it changed the character, time brought out beauty
within the one who thought he was ugly, and his journey changed from seeing just
the temple sa beautiful to the whole, as beautiful. Donald Dukís idol was Fred

Astaire. Fred can olny do so much, but still he clung to the image. Donald Duk
changed to. He realized he didnít want to be Fred Astaire, he realized he
wanted to be Donald Duk. The simple concept Lost, but yet always found is an
often over looked aspect of writing. Yukio was a quiet man. He was disciplined
and had his own small community who believed heavily in martial arts and
personal physique. Although he was rejected for the army, he always found a hero
within himself. And something which is reflected in his writing is in 1970 on
television in front of thousands of people, committed sepukku. (Seppuku is
taking the small sword that accompanies a katana, shoving it straight through
your intestines then up to your sternum.) Many thought this because he was
deathly afraid of getting old, but I still believe after reading his books and
contemplating his person that he did it because his own image of a hero could
never meet a happy end.