At the beginning of the story

At the beginning of the story, when Shinji and Reiko get marriage, Reiko does not have a honeymoon due to “nation emergency.” (Mishima) However, Reiko has strong responsibility and self- awareness because she understands that when she married a soldier, she must accept the fact that his death “might come at any moment” (Mishima). Furthermore, when Shinji asks her if she accepts that he could die tomorrow or could be the day after, without hesitation, Reiko takes out “the dagger her mother had given her” (Mishima) to show that she understands Shinji’s mission. “A silent understanding was achieved at once, and the lieutenant never again sought to test his wife’s resolve.” (Mishima) Even Shinji also can see that Reiko is a substantial responsibility and self- awareness woman though this quote. At this point, the readers can recognize that Reiko has more massive sacrifice than Shinji, and it makes Reiko more heroic.
The second reason makes Reiko is more hero than Shinji because she witnessed Shinji cut his stomach due to his Samurai’s spirit. When Shinji decides to kill himself, Reiko asks for his permission to accompany him. Shinji is surprised because of the strength in Reiko’s eyes, and he feels that “it was beyond his understanding how permission in a matter of such weight could be expressed so casually.” (Mishima) Death comes easily but being a person who is watching the lover suicide is not easy at all. However, Shinji asks Reiko to witness his suicide, and this shows that Shinji has a little selfish. “It was the first time Reiko had ever seen her husband’s blood, and she felt a violent throbbing in her chest.” (Mishima) Reiko is a strong and calm woman when she witnesses her husband cut himself and bleed to death. “Ever since her marriage her husband’s existence had been her own existence, and every breath of his had been a breath drawn by herself. But now, while her husband’s existence in pain was a vivid reality, Reiko could find in this grief of hers no certain proof at all of her existence.” (Mishima) Reiko has contributed herself to her husband, and she believes his death has to become her death.