Symbolism is a powerful tool in literature, allowing a writer to deliver a deep meaning through ordinary people and items, and even through seemingly mundane events. In the short story “Swaddling Clothes”, our author, Yukio Mishima, uses symbolism in his characters and his setting to convey to his readers his rather bleak outlook on the future of Japan. His use of symbolism forces us to really think about the story’s message, allowing for a more memorable and thoroughly more enjoyable reading experience. In “Swaddling Clothes”, many symbols were used to show Mishima’s perception of post-World War II Japan and the future he feels it faces. The characters Mishima used in this story are strong examples of symbolism on their own….