Memoirs Of A Geisha Analysis

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Memoirs of Geisha: A Close Textual Analysis of Female Stereotypes in Japan

I. Introduction
Memoirs of a Geisha is a well-known novel by Arthur Golden in 1997. The novel is narrated in the first person perspective which tells the story (before and after the World War II) about a geisha working in Kyoto, Japan. In several different ways, Memoirs of a Geisha is a typical romance story of a girl who strive hard to become a woman of her time. Indeed, her charm and views in life had captured readers in which they later understood what this novel is all about.
In 1929, a 9 year old girl named Chiyo living in a fishing village was sold to a geisha house in Kyoto and was then treated brutally by the owners and the head of the geishas, Hatsumomo. She is then forced to be of service in the geisha house for many years. At first, she is not get anything in return right until she is determined to be of high quality with regards to serving men by talking to them, singing and dancing. In return, these men will pay for their service.
After years of doing this in the geisha house, Chiyo turned to a geisha who was later named as Sayuri. In her case, the change of her name depicted an important event in her life as it’s also the start of her journey to adulthood. In the dialect in Kyoto, Japan, geisha came from the word geiko in which “gei” translates to “art” while “sha” means “person” and “ko” is “child.”
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