Self-Determination in Memoirs of a Geisha Essay

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Self-Determination in The Memoirs of a Geisha Memoirs of a Geisha tells the story of a young girl, Chiyo, who transcends her fishing-village roots to become one of Japan's most appreciated geishas. It's a story which brings much life into the characters of the book, using many different climaxes as well as conflicts to show the many different relationship of the characters. Chiyo goes through many hardships throughout the reading, but once finally accepting her fate, she is finally determined to become the successful geisha she was brought the okiya to be. In the beginning of the story Memoirs of a Geisha, Chiyo does not consider that her new future is a much greater future than her old future would have been if she had not been …show more content…
And she does just this. She tries to meet up with her sister and fails (Luu). Her attempt to run away really opened her eyes to see how naive and hardheaded she had been, She had realized that the okiya was her home and that she was foolish for trying to leave. She was convinced that now she must remain a maid for the rest of her life. But one day, she has an encounter with a man that changes her life forever. After being acquainted with the Chairman and his geisha, she comes to a realization that maybe she could succeed as a geisha. She states: "I'd never imaged myself envying a geisha. I'd been brought to Kyoto for the purpose of becoming one, of course; but up until now I'd have run away in an instant if I could have. Now I understand the thing I'd overlooked; the point wasn't to become a geisha, but to be one. To become a geisha... well, that was hardly a purpose in life. But to be a geisha... I could see it now a stepping stone to something else." (Golden 114)
This is the time that Chiyo finally accepts her fate. She is determined to become a geisha so that she may be worthy enough of spending time with the Chairman. She envies the Chairman's kindness and doesn't quite understand why a man like him would waste time acknowledging a young maid
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