"The Tale of Genji" Essay by JPWrite

"The Tale of Genji"
A review of the 11th century story "The Tale of Genji" by Murasaki.
# 67020 | 1,950 words | 1 source | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Jun 25, 2006 in Literature (World) , Religion and Theology (Buddhism)

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This paper studies the 11th century Japanese epic series "Tale of Genji" by Murasaki. The paper begins by reviewing the story's plot line and then explores the writing style of its author, Murasaki. The paper explains that Murasaki was a devout Buddhist and shows how this work in particular is reflective of her spiritual beliefs. The paper concludes with a study of the work's multi-layered construction. It analyzes Murasaki's choice to write events in non-chronological order.

From the Paper:

"This is the last volume in "The Tale of Genji". The story opens out very quietly not like the other volumes, which has a lot of references to a whole of lot of people in the Japanese literature. After the appearance on the scene of Ukifune (which means 'The Lady of the Boat') events in the story move rapidly and the reader will find that the next hundred fifty pages are very unique and stirring in details. This volume has great improvement in its construction than its proceeding counterparts. The number of characters is small and the subordinate ones are closely related to the main theme. A new character has been so beautifully brought into the picture like Ukifune's little brother in so few pages that it is something extraordinary to be so done in so short a way. Generally the Western authors would have found it difficult to introduce a new character at such a point."

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