Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima

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Confessions of a mask is a famous and fascinating Japanese novel which is written by well-known author Yukio Mishima who is historical author. The narrated content of the Confessions of a mask talk about fundamentally the tale of a young boy whose name is Kochan who is implied author who grow up in World War II Japan. The tale follows him from early childhood to his twenties years old. Along with the regular pressures and stresses that come from anyone in traditional society for growing up, he must learn to deal with the fact that he is a homosexual. This essay will analyze the narrative strategy of confessions of a mask.

Firstly, narrative structure is discussed which is how the story is organized. There are four major sections in confessions of a mask. The first section is talk about the suffer of childhood of protagonist who is Kochan. At his young age, Kochan is attracted by a young night soil man because of his male beauty. Moreover, he is also fascinated by a picture book and the picture showed a knight mounted on a white horse, holding a sword aloft but in fact the knight is a woman, not a man. In addition, he is captivated by Shokyokusai Tenkatsu who perform her magic and he want to be Tenkatsu. He stole his mother's cloth and dresses it up. The second section is talk about the life of middle school of Kochan. At this time, he is attracted by a painting which is called Guido Reni's St. Sebastian. It represent the bleeding and painful. Also, Kochan is attracted by Omi because of his male beauty. He found that his ideal body shape is Omi and he gradually understands that his sexual preference is boy who looks like Omi, while the other boys interest in girls. The third section is talk about the life of high school of Kochan. It is the first time he was attracted by female beauty that is Sonoko who is a sister of Kusano. She moved with her family to suburb because of the war. Kochan want to love Sonoko but he could not and he is in conflict between normality and abnormality of sexual desire. The final section is talk about the life of university of Kochan. Sonoko married another man and returned to Tokyo. After her marriage, Sonoko still met Kochan because she still loves Kochan. But at the ending of the story, Kochan tells a lie to Sonoko that is he already has sex with other woman before. Therefore, Kochan is still wearing his mask through the whole story, even at the ending of the story.

Chronological and Memories of OrganizationSecondly, the narrative structure is how the same story can be told in different way. In confessions of a mask, two different ways has been used which is chronological and memories respectively.

In the novel of confessions of a mask organized in memories which is narrator himself talk about his past history. Two events can be proved:" For many years I claimed I could remember things seen at the time of my own birth." and " In this way the brim of that basin and its flickering light lingered on in my memory as something I had surely seen at the time of my first bath." The protagonist writes his story by memory because that is the past history of himself and now present his narrative by telling you his past from now on. This is memories organization.

In the novel of confessions of a mask also organized chronologically, one event happens after another just the way it did or will in time:In chapter one " The period of childhood is a stage on which time and space become entangled." " My passion for such dressing-up was aggravated when I began going to movies. It continued markedly until I was nine." In chapter two " For over a year now I had been suffering the anguish of a child provided with a curious toy. I was twelve years old." " It was well into the winter of my second year in middle school." " During my fourth year at middle school I developed anemia." In chapter three "the year before the end of the war, I graduated from the school I had attended ever since childhood and entered...
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