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During the class discussions, several aspects of The Sailor were presented in the class to help me understand the cultural and contextual considerations of the works. The book was set on Post WWII. This war and the book displayed a contrast between land and the sea, glory and negativity, and companionship and isolation through the main three characters, Fusako, Ryuji, and Noboru. The writer placed great emphasis on the characters in comparison to Westernization in Japan. Ryuiji’s character is similar to Westernization of Japan in The Sailor because he gives us his past of being a sailor to be with Fusako who represents Western Values because of the way she furnishes her house and the way her boutique is set up. Noboru’s actions throughout the Sailor may have been reflected as the same attitude that was seen by the people who were  influenced by Western Ideals  and rejected Japanese values.My contextual learning of the pursuit of Glory was also deepend throughout the Interactive Orals. glory is never really described in the novel. Ryuji is murdered because his abandonment of glory, that he thought he was to be destined to, even though he never knew what the glory was. Glory is just seen as an imaginary element. Noboru idolizes Ryuji because he feels as though he is acting the part of glory, because he is seen as a definite hero by Ryuji. The oral clearly explained that Noboru felt that his role is to preserve Glory and he will do anything by any means to make sure that Ryuji maintains his heroic status. When he poisons Ryuji it is because he feels that his glory can only be preserved by death. Another work that was described by a group that deepens by understanding is complete dispassion. Ryuji and his gang use complete dispassion as a way to practice showing no emotion. Noboru has never showed emotion throughout all the things he has faced growing up. The gang uses ruthless activity as a way to erase any trace of emotion.They capture and kill an innocent kitten, look act photos depicting sex, and poison Ryuji. He is practically trained so well by all the ruthless activities that he has took part in that he doesn’t even have any emotion when he sees the things Fusako and Ryuji do together. Noboru uses complete dispassion to cope with the loss of his father. If he shows no emotion he won’t be so hurt by the fact that his father is not here.

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