Memoirs Of A Geisha Analysis

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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden is a novel published on September 27th, 1997. Mineko Iwasaki, an author, a businesswoman and a former geisha was one of the Geiko interviewed by Arthur while writing Memoirs of a Geisha. She was a world famous geisha in japan and was renowned for performing for royalty and celebrities during her life as a geisha. _Memoirs of Geisha furnishes an elaborate representation of somewhat known, yet quite mythologized calling of geishas. The word ‘geisha’ comprises of two kanji characters, ‘gei’ and ‘sha’; the former meaning ‘art’ and the latter meaning ‘person’ or ‘doer.’ ‘Geisha’, an integral part of Japanese culture and traditions has its roots in…show more content…
Obi was tied on the back of the geishas while the prostitutes tied it on the front. In any case, it is not necessarily that sex has no role in a geisha's life. Young girls were sold by their families into the Okiyas until the mid-twentieth century and the girl were frequent subject to the custom of ‘mizuage’; whereby affluent men used to bid to take a geisha’s virginity and the virginity was sold to the highest bidder. Tanaka got Chiyo and Satsu examined before trading them to the geisha house and the examination included checking whether they were intact or not. She didn’t have a slightest clue that she was going to be sold to an Okiya. They were treated like mere commodities. Chiyo discovered about her parent’s death after her arriving at the Okiya. This experience of distress and her realization acknowledged the development of the character Chiyo (later known as Sayuri). Chiyo’s life was a terrible catastrophe and was in a tempest. While her dad sold his daughters to an Okiya and a new life, her mother died. The main life the little Chiyo knew being a part of her family was crumbling and vanishing like a

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