tale of genji Essay

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Unit 3: Analysis of Fiction
This Unit Activity will help you meet these educational goals:
21st Century Skills—You will use critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, employ online tools for research and analysis and communicate effectively.

Introduction
Literature has long been a major source of information and entertainment. Learning to analyze literary work systematically can significantly add to your enjoyment and appreciation of literature.

The aim of literary analysis is to extract information about a work of literature from the text itself. Literary analysis essentially involves a detailed examination of the text to answer predefined types of questions, including what the author intended to say or why and to
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Her father, a Grand Counselor, is already dead at the beginning of the narrative, and her mother cannot provide her with political support. static character
Lady Murasaki
She is the daughter of Prince Hyōbu by a minor consort and related to Fujitsubo on her father’s side (Hyōbu is Fujitsubo’s brother, hence Murasaki is Fujitsubo’s niece). dynamic character
Shōnagon
She is Murasaki’s nurse and most important protector after the grandmother.

2. Analyze the development of the plot in the first four chapters. Note the major events in the first four chapters in the order in which they occur.

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Part One:
Genji is born as the second son for the Emperor, the son of a beloved concubine of the Emperor, known as the Lady Kiritsubo, whose father is dead, and who depends on the Emperor for all her status. However, Genji's birth raises the ire of the mother of the first son, a lady of much higher rank. Genji's mother dies soon afterwards, and as the Emperor likes Genji, he is raised within the Court, becoming a very accomplished as well as good-looking young man.
The Emperor would like to do more for Genji, but he cannot because of the power of the first son's mother. His father worries about his son's future, since he has no powerful family behind him, so he makes him a commoner, and part of a non-royal family, giving him the last name "Minamoto". (This is the origin of Genji's 'name': 'gen' is an

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