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Yukio Mishima's The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea At Yukio Mishima's The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, only three main characters exist -- Noboru, a bemused childhood; his widowed mother, Fusako; along with his mother's lover, the sailor Ryuji. All other characters exist only to match these three key individuals and also to further accentuate their attributes by acting as foils. With only 3 characters to develop, Mishima can deeply explore the internal workings of the kid, the mom, as well as the sailor. In this way, Mishima weaves a psychological thread in the reader to every individual character. As a result of this bond, no protagonist or antagonist can exist in the text. By creating this intrinsically linked trinity to exist, the novel becomes an emotionally wrought journey in which the reader has been pulled in several directions. By only allowing for the growth of Noboru, Fusako, and Ryuji, Mishima contributes to viewers to forge three contradictory bonds which enables for emotional investment plus a semblance of association for the novel. Noboru, arguably the most major main character, is not the very developed, but certainly the most researched. Due to his young age, his mind (and so his personality) can not be brought to the degree which Fusako and Ryuji finally reach. Despite that, his fundamental views are company throughout the novel. Even when plotting his murder, Noboru was conscious that he's committing a wrong-doing contrary to Ryuji. ```What's incorrect number three?' Noboru was gasping for breath, his mouth completely dry as though filled with straw: he couldn't respond" (Mishima 165). His love for both Ryuji and Fusako remain unwavering regardless of his contradictory actions against them. As the pioneer plotted R.. .