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Unformatted text preview: The Japanese playwright Chikamatsu could be described, in my opinion, as a late bloomer, as he did not begin writing for the theatre until he was 30 years old. Initially, he was born into a samurai family that valued the art of poetry. Before becoming a dramatist, Chikamatsu served in personal attendance on the nobility but never attained the least court rank (Living Theatre, 103). His time in the marketplace, though seemingly fruitless, gave him a great chance to observe the class system of Japan, which in turn helped him to develop his plays. Chikamatsu predominantly wrote for bunraku puppet theatre, which was inspired by Neo-Confucianism. The tenets of Neo-Confucianism set the standard for behavioral codes within Japanese society, which included the themes of revenge, sacrifice, and loyalty. These themes were also threads in the ideals of the samurai code, which Chikamatsu likely received from his hereditary family. Regarded as the first and best of the bunraku writers, Chikamatsu was able to use his knowledge of his society to create really vivid and...
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