The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

by Yukio Mishima
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Why do the gang members not like fathers in the book The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea?

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At one point the gang chief in The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea says:

A father is a reality-concealing machine for dishing up lies to kids, and that isn't even the worst of it—secretly he believes that he represents reality.

The gang members regard fathers as tyrannical...

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At one point the gang chief in The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea says:

A father is a reality-concealing machine for dishing up lies to kids, and that isn't even the worst of it—secretly he believes that he represents reality.

The gang members regard fathers as tyrannical figures who seek to control their children absolutely and to stifle their creativity. Fathers, in their view, are desperate to protect their own privileged position at the apex of society and therefore force their children to conform and obey them, whatever the psychological cost to the child.

The boys in the gang describe the failings of their own fathers in specific terms. One has a father who beats him. The father of another is a drunkard who has three mistresses and mistreats his wife. Noburu hears these stories and is relieved that his father is dead and cannot abuse him.

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