In the recent age, the human rights are gradually paid great attention by most of the countries all over the world. More and more issues of normality are submitted to the public debate and are redefined by the society. The Draft Bill for Diverse Family Formation in Taiwan, for example, reveals a great consideration for the equal right to homosexuality. Yukio Mishima was a great contemporary literature writer and a political avant-garde in Japan. His famous debut in the world, Confession of a mask, is a semi-autobiographical novel based on the subject of Homosexuality. This masterpiece, written in a forbidden topic at the time, was released three years later right after the Second World War II and brought a lot of shock to people both in traditional society in Japan and the Western countries. Ever since, Yukio Mishima became an important Japanese representative figure and a well-known Japanese writer of the world.
This thesis is based on the novel Confession of a mask written by Yukio Mishima, and trying to explore the loving feelings expressing by the homosexual protagonist. Furthermore, this research is going to analyze his worries in the future, relationship strategies and his loving feelings’ development under the social system which is dominated by the normality.
There are three main parts in this research. In the first chapter, in order to find out the enigma of homosexuality, a diversity of researches from specialists in sexual orientation is required. After that, by introducing its universal opposition- “homophobia” which controls the society, the impact and the stress felt by the homosexuals engender negative feelings and emotions toward the world. Afterwards, for understanding more about the homosexuality in reality, the different concept and tolerance of homosexuals is going to show up by comparing the homosexual history in both Ancient Japanese and Western civilizations. For the second chapter, the focus turns to the life, writing style, ideology, literature and social criticisms of the author- Yukio Mishima, the semi-autographical problems of the corpus- Confession of a mask, and also the origin and the abstract concept of the mask in the title of his book. By doing this research, the relationship among the homosexuality, the mask and the writer are going to be connected from different angles, and which allows us to analyze easily the loving feelings of the protagonist for the next chapter. In the final chapter, the male homosexual protagonist is going to be precisely observed, for example, the difference in feelings when it comes to love with male and female and the sexual temptation by male and female, and the reasons why he wants to possess intimate relationship with women but then abandon it, etc. To sum up, using the fact that the self-acquaintance of protagonist grows more and more, the decision of his love relationship is going to be made more hesitantly, contradictorily and anxiously by standing on the angle of homosexuality under social suppression and social responsibility.