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    Synthesis Of Geishas

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    When a controversial book Memoirs of a Geisha, written by Arthur Golden, was published, the whole world was fascinated at this mysterious Japanese profession and the journey of Chiyo, a young girl from a poor fishing village turning to become the top geisha named Sayuri in Kyoto. Westerners imagine geishas based on their knowledge from “Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, John Huston’s film The Barbarian and a Geisha (1958) and Jack Cardiff’s My Geisha (1962)”, cultural products which portray these

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    Geisha Ideology

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    The concept of geisha originated in Japan in the 1600s. The initial geisha culture was constructed as female entertainers, who act as hostesses to serve, entertain and perform for male clients, usually by traditional Japanese dance and instruments. According to Barkers (2006), our first class readings on Questions of Culture and Ideology, “the everyday lived character of culture is a whole way of life”. This is apparent in the Japanese culture, and the Japanese’s ideologies of geishas are refined,

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    Geisha History

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    The popularity of geisha was at its peak before World War II in Japan. Japan was a male dominated country that relied on women to uphold the household duties and care for their families from the comfort of their homes. During this time, the poor families that were of a lower class and relied on manual labor sold their daughters to Japanese tea houses, prostitution districts, or Okiya’s (Douniaux). When the girls were sold, they were ridden with debt and abandoned by their families and the only life

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    Origin Of A Geisha Essay

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    The Japanese term geisha literally means “person of art” as they were known as entertainers from the 16th century. The Japanese view geisha as professional entertainers. They are also known as geigi or geiko. However, the majority of the world perceive them as white faced, red-lipped prostitutes that wear their hair in a bun. Geisha are much more than women with too much makeup, they are an important part of the traditional Japanese social life. Even today, they are the definition of beauty and

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    Introduction: The novel Memoirs of a Geisha is a historic fiction story in which the hardships and blunders of the Japanese during both world wars and after are seen through the eyes of the protagonist. In other words, this is the life story of the narrator. As evident by the title, the story is of the narrator’s transition and life as a geisha, which roughly means ‘traditional Japanese prostitute’. The lives of geisha are very difficult, facing discrimination from the changing world and oppression

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    In the book Memoirs of a Geisha Sayuri, the main character, is faced with many hardships. The main issue in the story deals with how she overcomes all of the adverse situations that come her way. She begins as a girl from a poor fishing village on to being an abused maid to a renowned geisha where she ends her story finding true love. Not every person can face so many struggles and end up with what they had wanted all along. In Japanese culture, in that time, there were not many choices and options

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    Memoir Of A Geisha Essay

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    that I watched is 《The Memoir of a Geisha》, and it was released in the United States on December 9, 2005. The director of this film is Rob Marshall, and 2 main characters in the movie are Sayuri (starring by Ziyi Zhang) and Hatsumomo (Gong Li). Although this film is produced by American directors, the origin of the story is in Japan. By the year when Chiyo is nine, her father reluctantly sold her and her sister to a geisha house because of poverty. In that geisha house, she is forced to do the cleaning

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    Memoirs of a Geisha. Directed by Rob Marshall, Memoirs is the story of how a young peasant girl, named Chiyo, rose up through the ranks and earned profit and prestige as the geisha, Sayuri. As East Asian countries began to interact and form relationships with European nations, they were exposed and sometimes adopted to the new depictions of women that have emerged in the West.

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    Memoirs Of A Geisha Essay

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    minds and habits by what they impart to us. For me, Memoirs of a Geisha was not such. While, superficially, it stands it 's ground as a decent piece of literature, the rhetoric and other such devices well utilized. Once one takes a closer look, though, at the characters, plot, and more, mistakes, flaws, and inaccuracies become extremely apparent, degrading the integrity of the work as a whole. In a casual setting, Memoirs of a Geisha would be a satisfying read for most audiences, but, under deep scrutiny

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    misconception of a female in the geisha occupation is that a geisha is a prostitute or call girl (Chan, 2001). Geisha are entertainers, these women are vigorously trained in art, music, and dancing. Geisha translated from Japanese to English means “artist” (The History and Culture of Japanese Geisha, 2008). Becoming a true geisha is a prestigious honor to Japanese girls (The History and Culture of Japanese Geisha, 2008). If a girl who is pursuing a career as a geisha starts before she is 21,

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