Year: 1986 Source: Psychoanalytic Review, v.73, no.3, (Fall 1986), p.361-379 SIEC No: 19871260

This article provides a psychoanalytic interpretation of Yukio MishimaÕs suicide & personal myth. A biography of this writer is presented. His writings are discussed in the context of the psychological state & message of the writer. Several explanations for the writer’s suicide are included, emphasizing his personal myth. The article describes MishimaÕs belief that his suicide was the sacrifice of a great warrior to the all powerful emperor. (13 refs) (SC)