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With reference to Wuthering Heights and Memoirs of a Geisha analyse the role of women within these novels.

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'We don't become Geisha because we want our lives to be happy; we become Geisha because we have no choice.' With reference to 'Wuthering Heights' and 'Memoirs of a Geisha' analyse the role of women within these novels. Within the novels 'Memoirs of a Geisha' and 'Wuthering heights' the role of women are very different this could be because of the different time period in which the novels were written as 'Memoirs of a Geisha' was set in 1930s where as 'Wuthering Heights' is a much earlier book being written in 1847 but set in the 1700s. Alternatively the difference of the role of women within these novels could be because of the different countries and cultures that the women live in, one being on the outskirts of a small village in Yorkshire the other being set in a pre-war Japan. These two major differences in lifestyle and time between the novels does mean the women have different roles within their societies but it also shows many similarities in the women's way of life, how they are treated, by men especially men, and the way in which they conduct themselves throughout the novels. ...read more.

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Her dad sells Sayuri and her sister to a man who in turn sells Sayuri to the Okiya and her sister to a 'whore house', 'This one maybe, the other one no.' this is said by a women in the book but it still shows dominance they have over Sayuri and her sister this could be because that's the only people they do have authority over as men dominate them. This shows that the men have the control over Sayuri during the start of this book, deciding where she goes and what she is to become. Another way in which it is shown that men have the control in 'Memoirs of a Geisha' is that all the Geisha are dependent on their customers, which are the men. This means they are the mercy of the men, also if a man was to give a geisha a bad reputation it could end her career, which again shows the power in which the men have over the women, this is shows when the baron forces Sayuri to undress for him and she is helpless to his power and strength. This again shows the dependence of men in the world of a geisha. ...read more.

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This theory about love making life worth living is also seen in 'Wuthering Heights' when Heathcliff falls to pieces after Catherine's death 'I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!' Heathcliff describes Catherine as his 'soul' and keeping in mind the time period this book was set in, the soul is the most important part of a person, it was believed that without a soul a person was not human. This take on Heathcliff and Catherine against Sayuri and the Chairman show the opposites of each other. Sayuri and the Chairman show the dominance man has over women and the other showing the lack of it and how women have more power than it first appears they do. In both Novels 'Memoirs of a Geisha' and 'Wuthering Heights' the writers use many techniques to shows the weak role of women in society and it is clear to see that although there is a big time difference between the books being written, and that they are set in very different societies the role of women is very similar and all concentrates on the pleasing of men within their lives, this is shown using many different techniques throughout but neither books are less effective in showing the oppression of the women's role. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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