Reading Response Pillow Book

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Reading Response Matthew Seaman Pillow Book The Pillow Book is written by Sei Shonagon, a lady in waiting in the royal court, and gives incredible insight into the noble lives of the Japanese nobles during the height on the Heian period. Throughout the book, Sei’s observations show a society incredibly inward focused and closed off, but still containing the intricacies of human nature, as they exist in any culture. Pillow Book provides an incredibly well preserved and rare look into a culture a thousand years old, and from its pages we can draw incredible insights into a long gone culture. While Pillow book was a public and popular book, it was different from earlier writings that shrouded fact with mythology and divinity. Nobility at the time wanted to seem divine, and specially created, but Sei’s observations provide an incredibly human look into their lives. Her talk of “Hateful Things” pokes fun at the people living around the palace just as if they were the same as everyone else. It’s
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  • Fall '08
  • Staff
  • japan, Pillow Book, The Pillow Book, Sei Shōnagon

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