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Memoirs of a Geisha

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Transcript of Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of A Geisha By: Arthur Golden Memoirs of a Geisha is a wonderfully written story about the life and training of a Geisha. As Sayuri-San tells her story you will see her transition from a poor peasant girl to one of the most popular Geisha in the Gion District. This story offers amazing insight into a Geisha's life and process of her virginity being auctioned to the highest bidder. It is a beautiful story that will have you wanting more and more. What is a Geisha?
A Geisha is a Japanese woman trained as an intellectual and societal companion, specializing in performing Japanese cultural arts. Sayuri-San Lust for the Chairman Devotion to the art of being a Geisha Make-Up showing how she must hide her character Kimono shows her beauty and grace Stern look shows how the outside world and the war have effected her life Exposition:
She and her sister are taken from their little home in a remote village and are moved to the Gion District. Rising Action: By: Arthur Golden Memoirs of a Geisha is a wonderfully written story about the life and training of a Geisha. As Sayuri-San tells her story you will see her transition from a poor peasant girl to one of the most popular Geisha in the Gion District. This story offers amazing insight into a Geisha's life and process of her virginity being auctioned to the highest bidder. It is a beautiful story that will have you wanting more and more. What is a Geisha??? A geisha is a woman who is trained as an intellectual and societal companion, specializing in performing Japanese cultural arts. Sayuri and her older sister are taken from their parents and moved to the Gion District. Sayuri begins her training to become a geisha and Mameha becomes her mentor. Sayuri-Nitta becomes a geisha and has a danna. World War 2 begins and she is forced to move out of Gion and becoming a working citizen. The end is a mystery . . . Movie Trailer Her eyes are down because she can stop a man with one look. Her perfect hair is a symbol of how she, as a geisha, must be perfect. The red lips represent the passion she feels toward the Chairman. Her adobe is wrapped several times and is tied in the back what means she is a geisha not a prostitute. The fan symbolizes her knowledge in Japanese cultural arts. The beauty and high quality of the kimono suggests she lives in an oikia and is very successful. She paints her face to hide her face. Her eyes are deep water. It is not for Geisha to want. It is not for geisha to feel. Geisha is an artist of the floating world. She dances, she sings. She entertains you, whatever you want. The rest is shadows, the rest is secret.
-Sayuri Nitta " " Why is this quote revelent???
This quote is a true example of how geisha are trained to act and think; they are always performing. How much longer is this bidding going to take? Beside who wants a plum when someone has already had a bite? [takes a bite out of the plum]
-Hatsumomo This quote illustrates how important it is that Sayuri be a virgin up until she has a danna, then it is his privilege. " " Theme . . . One prominent theme in the novel “Memoirs of a Geisha” is self-confidence. In the beginning of the novel Sayuri does not feel confident or like herself, she feels like a lost girl and doesn’t feel beautiful. However as the novel progresses she gains more self-confidence and starts to love herself. This is a transition that many people go through in our world today, many people have body image problems and have a lack of self-confidence, but as they grow up they gain confidence and independence.
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