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Unformatted text preview: the characters’ emotion; poems are exchanged between characters as a mean of communication.-References to Buddhism – the religious philosophy of impermanence and characters’ devotion to the Buddhist deities are prevalent throughout the novel. Discussion Questions: 1) How can we characterize the protagonist, Genji? And how does he relate himself to the other characters within the novel? 2) Who is the narrator of the novel? Are there any instance that we can find the narrator’s conscious claim of the self? 3) How Genji’s lover in “Yūgao” dies? What is the course of her death?...
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- Spring '08
- The Tale of Genji, Fujiwara clan, Murasaki Shikibu, Genji monogatari, early eleventh century