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Read one of Mishima’s more political or philosophical stories, such as ‘‘Patriotism’’ or ‘‘Death in Midsummer.’’ Then contrast the story you have chosen and ‘‘Fountains in the Rain’’ in terms of characters, action, and message. Which story do you prefer, and why?

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Read one of Mishima’s more political or philosophical stories, such as ‘‘Patriotism’’ or ‘‘Death in Midsummer.’’ Then contrast the story you have chosen and ‘‘Fountains in the Rain’’ in terms of characters, action, and message. Which story do you prefer, and why?

Little criticism is available on ‘‘Fountains in the Rain.’’ If you had to present an original talk on the story, what would you say? Create an outline for your speech.

Japanese society changed greatly in the post- World War II years. Find out what changes took place, particularly in regard to the relationships between young men and women. Then decide if you think ‘‘Fountains in the Rain’’ accurately portrays these societal changes.

One explanation of the imagery of the fountains has been discussed in this entry. John Bester also suggests that the fountains symbolize aggression and ambition in addition to sexuality. What do you think the fountains most closely symbolize? Explain your answer.

Do you think the boy’s claims not to care for the girl are true? Explain your answer.

Though the young woman says and does very little in the story, her presence is integral to its unraveling. What can you say about the character of Masako? What is she like as a person?

What image does Mishima present of Japan in the 1960s through the story? Does this image coincide with what you may have learned about Japan in the 1960s?

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