February 5, 2013
History of Eastern Civ.
The Tale of Genji
The book I chose for this paper was the Tale of Genji, by Lady Murasaki Shikibu. This story was written nearly 1,000 years ago. It is considered to be ione of the world's earliest novels. It was written during the Heian era of classical Japan. It was written during the Heian era of classical Japan. It was mainly based in Heian-kyo, wich is now modern day Kyoto.. Genji was the son of the emporer and his favorite concubine, Kiritsubo. A korean sage comes to Japan and Genji goes to meet with him in disguise. He ends up predicting a brilliant for future for the young Genji, saying that his stars show him possibly being te great leader of a nation.. Not too long after this though his mother Kiritsubo, who had suffered for a long time from the jealousy of the various court ladies jealousy finally became very ill, and then soon died. Since Genji had no political backing at court at this time his father, the emperor, was forced to make him a commoner declaring him part of the non royal Genji clan. After the death of his mother, young Genji is sent away for a while. He grows to be a very handsome and brilliant young man. The story follows him back to court where he goes through all the ceremony of becoming a man where he has his hair ceremonially has his hair cut and he meets his betrothed. It also follows him in his various escapades and the birth of his son. A little while later thi old emporer dies and is succeeded by Lady Kokiden's son, one of the higher ranked concubines. Genji's own romantic antics cause quite a scandal at court and he is forced to leave and go live in Suma for many years. He met the governor of Harima and his daughter , the Akashi Lady , during this time.He eventually returns to court and the current emperor abdicates in favor of Fujitsubo's son and secretly Genji's son. Genji's own position at court is restored when the Akashi lady has a baby girl.He then goes...
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