Essay on Self-Determination in Memoirs of a Geisha

1357 Words Oct 26th, 2012 6 Pages
Self-Determination in The Memoirs of a Geisha Memoirs of a Geisha tells the story of a young girl, Chiyo, who transcends her fishing-village roots to become one of Japan's most appreciated geishas. It's a story which brings much life into the characters of the book, using many different climaxes as well as conflicts to show the many different relationship of the characters. Chiyo goes through many hardships throughout the reading, but once finally accepting her fate, she is finally determined to become the successful geisha she was brought the okiya to be. In the beginning of the story Memoirs of a Geisha, Chiyo does not consider that her new future is a much greater future than her old future would have been if she had not been …show more content…
She believes that she was brought to the okiya to be a geisha and nothing will stop her chances from achieving that goal. She also looks at it as if she becomes a geisha, it will enable the Chairman to notice her once again. From this point on Chiyo works the hardest she can in order to make Mother notice her, and reconsider her chances as a geisha. That's the only way it was be remotely possible for her to begin her road to being a geisha. Even though she is sorry for the wrong that she has done to the okiya by running away, she still never gets that recognition from mother that she is longing for. That still does not stop her (N/A). If anything, she works even harder. Day in and day out she spends her time working as a maid, which includes: washing dishes, catering to the geisha, repairing broken utilities, cleaning after others, serving food, etc. "I felt completely overwhelmed (Golden 152).." But she still keeps on working as hard as she can because she is determined to succeed. She feels that if she works diligently, her future may change and turn out to be a successful one. She keeps the Chairman in mind and it gives her the motivation to keep on what she's doing. She

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