The Sound of Waves


Yukio Mishima

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The Captain Character Analysis

The captain, an employee of Terukichi Miyata, is the captain of the Utajima-maru, a large lumber freighter. A wise and observant man, the captain carefully observes both Shinji and Yasuo on their journey to Okinawa toward the end of the novel so that he can report back to Terukichi Miyata about which young man he thinks is most worthy of Hatsue.

The Captain Quotes in The Sound of Waves

The The Sound of Waves quotes below are all either spoken by The Captain or refer to The Captain. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Lessons from Nature Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The Sound of Waves published in 1994.
Chapter 14 Quotes

“Which one of you fellows is going to take this lifeline over there and tie it to that buoy?”

The roaring of the wind covered the youths’ silence.

“Don't any of you have any guts?” the captain shouted again.

Yasuo’s lips quivered. He pulled his neck down into his shoulders.

Then Shinji shouted out in a cheerful voice, and as he did so the white flash of his teeth shone through the blackness to prove that he was smiling.

“I’ll do it,” he shouted clearly.

Related Characters: The Captain (speaker), Shinji Kubo (speaker), Yasuo Kawamoto
Page Number: 161
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Captain Character Timeline in The Sound of Waves

The timeline below shows where the character The Captain appears in The Sound of Waves. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 14
Class, Wealth, and Power Theme Icon
...letters have stopped since the incident at the Yashiro Shrine. Shinji is surprised, then, when the captain of one of Terukichi’s coasting freighters, the Utajima-maru, comes to his house and asks Shinji... (full context)
Coming of Age Theme Icon
Class, Wealth, and Power Theme Icon
Gossip and Rumor Theme Icon
In the city of Toba, Shinji, Yasuo, and the captain board the massive Utajima-maru. The captain shows Shinji and Yasuo to their tiny, humble bunks... (full context)
Lessons from Nature Theme Icon
Coming of Age Theme Icon
...snaps, it flashes like a whip up onto the deck. Yasuo runs off to tell the captain , who comes back to the deck and suggests someone swim out to the buoy... (full context)