Swaddling Clothes Discussion Questions

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Investigate the history and progression of western influence in Japan and other Asian countries. Try to find sources that speak from the point of view of the Asian citizens whose lives were radically altered by the infiltration of their countries by western economic, social and political systems. In each specific case, what were the motivations of the western countries in exploring and penetrating Asia? In your opinion, has this "globalization" mutually benefited both western countries and Asia, or has it harmed either party? In "Swaddling Clothes" western influence is portrayed in a negative light. Using your historical research, argue for or against Mishima's critical view of westernization and modernization.

Toshiko is portrayed as a somewhat contradictory character. She primarily wants to hold on to and revive traditional Japanese ethics and mores, but she also challenges those values. For instance, she walks around...

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