The lighthouse-keeper operates the lone lighthouse on the island of Uta-jima. A quiet and thoughtful man who is deeply dedicated to his wife and his daughter, Chiyoko, he has a curious and tender soul and he takes his work very seriously. The lighthouse-keeper finds great purpose in his job, and, toward the end of the novel, as he gives the young lovers Shinji and Hatsue a tour of the watchtower and the beacon, he helps them to see that just as the lighthouse provides a light in the darkness for the island itself, so too can love and devotion provide a warm and guiding light in the darkness of life.
The Lighthouse-keeper Character Timeline in The Sound of Waves
The timeline below shows where the character The Lighthouse-keeper appears in The Sound of Waves. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...On many nights, he brings fish to the lighthouse, because he is indebted to the lighthouse-keeper and his wife. They helped pull some strings so that Shinji could graduate from school... (full context)
...cucumbers, even though no etiquette lesson is scheduled for the day. She visits with the lighthouse-keeper’s wife, who, much to Hatsue’s embarrassment, asks Hatsue about her romantic life. To change the... (full context)
...Yashiro Shrine and then the lighthouse to announce their engagement and give thanks to the lighthouse-keeper’s wife. At the shrine, as Shinji and Hatsue stoop to pray, he realizes that he... (full context)