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Love suicides - Date of Reading September 1 2009 Title The...

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Date of Reading: September 1, 2009 Title: The Love Suicides of Amijima Name of Author” Chikamatsu Mon’zaemon Date of Writing: September 6, 2009 Country of Origin: Japan Synopsis Main Idea: The play concerns domestic problems of social realities and in such instances ninjô (“passion”) conflicted with complex giri (“duties” or “obligations”) to family. Main Characters/Characteristics 1. Jihei, the protagonist in the drama, is a merchant with a wife and two children. He spends most of his money on a geisha, who he eventually falls in love with, and ruins his life. His obligation of being a father and a husband is becoming a problem because of the relationship he has with the prostitute. 2. Koharu is a nineteen year old courtesan at the Kinokuni House in Sonezaki that Jihei falls for. She is very poor, indebted to others and feels obligated to keep Jihei alive so she doesn’t betray Osan. 3. Osan is Jihei’s wife. She does her best to keep her husband happy so the family stays together, but he makes that very difficult for her.
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