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Detailed Notes on 'Spring Snow' by Yukio Mishima - Book Report/Review Example

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This essay focuses on the analysis of the Haru no Yuki, that is the first novel in Yukio Mishima's tetralogy called "Sea of Fertility" written during 1968-1970. Set in the early decades of the 20th century, the novel is the story of Kiyoaki Matsugae and Satoko Ayakura…

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Detailed Notes on 'Spring Snow' by Yukio Mishima

Haru no Yuki novel was translated from the Japanese by Michael Gallagher into the English Spring Snow. Set in the early decades of the 20th century, the novel is the story of Kiyoaki Matsugae and Satoko Ayakura. Kiyoaki is the son of a rising samurai family originating in Kagoshima where his grandfather was a marquis but now dead. Off late, he lives with his family a life of luxury near Tokyo. Satoko belongs to an upper class family. The novel depicts how their relationship goes through rough patches and dies under the adverse circumstances instead of rising above them. Set against the background of the period of transition in Japan, known as the Taisho period, the main action of the novel starts on 27 October 1912 and ends in March 1914. Satoko visits the Matsugaes with her aunt and has a crush on Kiyoaki. Kiyoaki, aware of this, tries to remain indifferent although he feels attracted towards her as well. It is so because he makes it a point to live a “correct” life, one that is characterized by morality and steadfast principles. Such a way of life does not allow falling in love as it amounts to being weak, immoral and vulnerable to the opposite sex. In conclusion, the researcher states that one of the major themes of the novel is the cultural decadence prevalent in the Japanese society due to westernization. Here in this book, snow is the instrument that destiny chooses in order to exercise its free will. Kiyoaki's dream sequence is also highly symbolic of the shape of things to come in his life.
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