Hatsue Advices Shinji





The Sound of the Waves by Yukio Mishima

Imagery Style

To add flavor to the novel; The Sound of The Waves″ by Yukio Mishima, the author has highly deployed the use of imagery throughout the novel. In the last chapter of the novel, imagery has been used in to explain love between Shinji and Hatsue. The imagery application is used to depict different meanings in the novel. To express how Shinji and Hatsue felt while moving to the shrine, Mishima uses imagery to show how they were interested in each other. The use of the “…their hearts filled to overflowing with contentment” signifies how the two lovers were interested in being together. The use of the phrase “nature smiling on them” when Shinji wanted to hold his lover’s hand means that they were not allowed to display such romance in presence of people yet they were young people and had not yet married. Moreover, Shinji was carrying a gift to the priest thus he could hold Hatsue. The gift which was a fish is referred to red-snappers to depict how precious it was to the priest. The condition of the wave movement is described in an imagery way. The author says that the movement of the ways was strong without much interruptions. The smoothness of the wave movement is associated with “breathing in health slumber”. While climbing to the room where the two lovers were going to have their meeting, the author says that they climbed a flight of concrete steps which signifies that they had to climb many stairs before getting to the room. The lighthouse is described as a mountain meaning that it was large. The use of the phrase phenomenally keen eyes by Shinji to the lights depicts how Shinji was keen to look at the lights. When the two lovers kiss each other in the lighthouse, Shinji compares Hatseu’s kiss to sharp, fresh saltiness of the sea to explain how sweet he felt from the kisses. This imagery signifies how romance Hetsue was. As the story ends, Mishima applies another imagery to describe how risk their behavior to spend the whole night together. Mishima uses the word perilous to signify that the two had risked their lives by sleeping in lighthouse together where temptations were high.


There are different themes presented in the last chapter of the novel. First, the theme of love dominates the chapter as we see how Shinji and Hatsue express their love towards each other. Shinji loves Hatsue so much which makes him to pass through her residing house to express his love even before going to see her mother at home. The two lover are interested in each other and they are happy to stay together. While going to the shrine, Shinji expresses his love to Hatsue and he wants to touch his hand but the red-snappers he was carrying could not give them a chance to do so. In the shrine, Shinji thanks the gods for giving him Hatsue who was her dream lover. While going back after their worship at the shrine, Shinji was free and he could touch Hatsue’s hand. This signifies the two loved each other. In the lighthouse, Shinji didn’t to lose Hatsue thus he listen to her when he wanted to break her virginity. Purity is another tradition presented in the novel. This is the case for Hatsue failing to break her virginity until marriage. Hatsue promise Shinji that at 20 they could marry and enjoy their relationship.

Tradition is the other theme in the novel. Shinji and Hatsue went to the shrine to express their thanks to the gods for answering their prayers. Worshipping in the shrine and the gods is a tradition in the society and everyone had to adhere to the requirements of the gods. Hatsue was able to keep her virginity until she marries since their tradition does not allow such engagement before marriage. When Shinji tries to convince Hatsue to have a test on her while in the lighthouse, Hatsue advices Shinji that it was wise if they could wait until when they get to 20 years and marry. This means that tradition is one of the important features in the society. It is also unethical to have engagement before gets to the age of marrying which made the two lovers hide from the presence of people.

Character development

Chiyoko is depicted as a character who is a self-esteem student. She crushes on Shinji and is unhappy with Shinji for engaging Hatsue who she had wished to become is husband. She becomes heartbroken and attempts to separate the two by spreading news that they two had engaged in sex before marriage.The lighthouse keeper is depicted as a kind as he is welcoming to Shinji and Hatsue. The priest also is presented as a kind and welcoming.