Explain the idea of "Actions speak louder than words" with a story.

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The statement "actions speak louder than words" means that what you actually do in response to a situation means more than what you say.

An example from literature you may consider is when Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird agrees to take on the Tom Robinson case, even though...

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The statement "actions speak louder than words" means that what you actually do in response to a situation means more than what you say.

An example from literature you may consider is when Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird agrees to take on the Tom Robinson case, even though he knows he will lose (because of the social climate). The action of him taking on the court case is an example of his goodness and morality. Throughout the novel, Atticus tells his children to do the right thing, no matter what the circumstances are. His decision to take on the difficult case shows that he lives by what he says. His moral behavior is observed by his children, Jem and Scout, and they then imitate that behavior, as seen when Scout understands the good intentions of Boo Radley. Saying you will do something is certainly easier than actually doing it, and Atticus's willingness to follow through on his words is why he is such a loved and honored literary character.

Here's a more simple example not related to literature: Suppose you kept coming in after your curfew even though you kept saying you would be on time. Your parents would probably get upset with you for not being honest and/or breaking your word. In this case, your actions speak louder than your words because you are saying one thing and doing another. If you were to actually start coming home before curfew, this act would speak much louder than a mere promise.

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I think that Mishima's story embodies the idea of actions speak louder than words.  Shinji believes in honor and the glory of a soldier.  There is little in way of words or language to this end.  Shinji does not take refuge in words or in language to avoid taking action.  He clearly understands, as does his wife, that there is honor in suicide.  In this, Shinji is a character that believes in the power of action and the need to take it in the face of a world where honorable action is sorely lacking.  When he does commit suicide, he does not say many words except for those that extol the "Imperial Forces."  Takeyama Shinji's actions are driven by action speaking louder than words.  There is little equivocation or doubt as to what must be done.  Action is seen as a supreme entity, something that is absolute, something that cannot be denied or deferred.  It is action that is vaulted above all else, something that is not going to be minimized or clouded through words.  It is here where Shinji represents how actions speak louder and more clearly than words, something that Mishima intends to bring out, interestingly enough, through language.

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