Memoirs of a Geisha

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“We don’t become geisha to pursue our own destinies. We become geisha because we have no choice.”

I feel that this quote from Mameha in the film “Memoirs of a Geisha” envelopes the life of a geisha perfectly. Near the beginning of the film, Sayuri, the featured geisha in the film, has to endure the agony of being separated from her sister and losing her parents to death. Now, in hopes of honoring her family, she must go through tedious rituals to become a geisha. Syuri is yelled at, hit, cut by a knife, and abused by creepy, perverted men. Not only is she forced through all of these happenings, but she is later told that she must sell her virginity to the highest bidder. Perhaps I am crazy, but I don’t think any of this behavior is practiced by choice, but rather by a want to succeed in life and to honor the family name.

 The moral of the story in this situation is that when a good opportunity knocks, uncomfortable or difficult obstacles will be conquered so that opportunity might become reality.

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2 Responses to “Memoirs of a Geisha”

  1. johns434 Says:

    I think that Sayuri really had no choice but to become a geisha, but I also think that she became a geisha to pursue the chariman and possibly that was her destiny. Although Sayuri was told she couldn’t achieve her destiny she stll strived for it. I think this shows Sayuri’s strength as well for overcoming all of her difficulties. I definately agree with you when you say those me were perverted and any of those behaviors would be practiced by choice

  2. carsonbowers Says:

    I analyzed this same quote and agree with your view as well. Most of the practices of the geisha would be considered unacceptable or immoral in today’s culture. Regardless of this fact, I like how you said, “…that when a good opportunity knocks, uncomfortable or difficult obstacles will be conquered so that opportunity might become reality.” It really hits the nail on the head of your argument.

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