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[email protected] Rough Draf The main character of Yukio Mishima’s Swaddling Clothes , Toshiko, had been timid throughout her entire upbringing. She is a privileged wife that lives in the upper class of Japanese society. This eventually resulted in a sheltered wife who requires a lot of attention, that of which she does not receive from her husband. However, afer witnessing the traumatic birth and mistreatment of the newborn, Toshiko evolves from an isolated and unhappy to a courageous woman that is at peace with herself. Toshiko is married to an actor who is neither physically or emotionally available for her as he seems to be more concerned about tending to his friends and receiving the adoration of his public rather than provide the attention. Toshiko longs for and while that is a fault of her husband, it is a necessity that stems from her like “being spent in solid comfort.” Toshiko longs for her husband’s recognition, but he even leaves her alone to go back home by herself by taxi. Toshiko felt that she “had been foolish to hope that he would spend the evening with her.” Within the first few sentences of the story, Mishima establishes the loneliness that engulfs Toshiko and haunts her very being.

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