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Memoirs of a Geisha
Transcript of Memoirs of a Geisha
Adoption gives Sayuri a higher social status Marxism
Women don’t have much and need help from men
Women work harder than men Women are stronger personally but men are stronger in society
Men have more power than women Feminism Women's power determined by social skills Adoption gives Sayuri more power in okiya and higher social status Formalism Chiyo/Sayuri going from innocence and childhood to experience and maturity Chiyo earning a name for herself - from a nobody to a somebody Structuralism Chiyo represents childhood and innocence ; Sayuri represents experience and maturity. Hatsumomo teaching Chiyo how to apply makeup- makeup represents beauty New York represents Chairman’s death and Sayuri’s new life Mizuage represents maturity Reader Response High school life and okiya life are similar - from not knowing anything to knowing what you want with your future Post-Structuralism Mameha and Hatsumomo are opposites- Mameha is good and Hatsumomo is evil Archetypalism Inexperience to experience journey Good prevails over evil- Sayuri vs. Pumpkin Historical Text Setting: 1920s – 2000s
Learn time periods from different perspective Not only learn about literature, but also world history
Ex. Life during depression, Japanese involvement and downfall in WWII Geographical Text Learn about Japan and its geography
Crucial cities mentioned + its relationship with other cities. Ex.
Amami Islands, etc.. Social Text Accurate Japanese culture Girls sold into okiyas
Okiyas had “Mother”
Makeup procedures and hairdos. Experience different cultural life
Creatively visualize setting
Different social style / society
Ex. Donnas, older sisters, hierarchy of social rank Literary Criticism Uses all literary criticisms
Provides different example for each criticism
See how they are used in a novel Literary criticisms can be analyzed and expressed insightfully because of geological and cultural differences
Creates a different, more fun learning experience Appeals to Gr.11 through experience, age
Appeals to us through message
Theme will appeal to:
Girls interested in makeup
Told from a girl’s POV (can relate easily)
Boys introduced to relationships and they are bound to be interested in a girls life.
BOTH will be introduced
to a different culture. Conflict(s) are easy to understand and relate to, for students.
Character vs Character
Character vs Self
Character vs Society
Love , Fate , Destiny, Revenge, Hope, Obsession, Jealously, Personality
In conclusion we think that the book will appeal to gr.11 students Chiyo was sold from her family into slavery and had to live in an okiya with strict rules and sinister people.
Chiyo decides to escape through the roof, but fails and is sentenced to maid work.
Mameha, a famous geisha, decides to take Chiyo (now called Sayuri) as an apprentice and helps her become a geisha once again.
Aiming for an adoption from Mother, Sayuri has her mizuage bid, and repays all her debt to the okiya. Mother decides to adopt her instead of Pumpkin, which breaks their friendship.
Nobu offers to be Sayuri's danna, but gets refused and Sayuri gets General Tottori as her danna instead. WWII comes along and dramatically changes life in Japan.
When the war is over, the group of geisha and men celebrate. Sayuri tries to trick Nobu, but ends up tricking the Chairman instead because of Pumpkin.
This turns out good, and the Chairman and Sayuri live happily to the end. T H E E N D 1. During the story, Sayuri felt deeply in love with the Chairman, despite him not knowing. Nobu, on the other hand, was very respectful and kind towards Sayuri despite usually being a grave man. Do you feel more sympathy towards Sayuri’s loss of the Chairman, or Nobu’s loss of Sayuri? 2. What would you do if you were in Sayuri's position and you had to choose between Nobu and the Chairman?
3. Would you be interested in reading the book in your personal time? Why?
4. The book goes into very much detail about adult content that some people may not be used to reading, as of now in 2012 do you guys think that gr.11's should be fine with reading this kind of content? Elements of the Story Writing Style Vocabulary Culture Adult Themes Setting: approx.
-from mid 1920’s to 2000
-olden day Japan; America
-some given; some are up to reader Writing Style: simple
-read between the lines
-variety of others in sections
-similies and metaphors Easy:
-few or no large words
-all terms in Japanese explained
-honourifics (ie chan, san) -different, enriching
-superstitions (flint on a geish's back for good
-beauty (white skin)
-festivals (geisha sisterhood bonding ceremony)
-consumer products (nightingale poop
-Dr. Crab and his "hobby"
-Satsu (her sister)
-scary way of life