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Kevin Pintauro ENG 121 Analysis Paper February 29, 2007 Bittersweet Satisfaction Satisfaction is the key element that human beings strive for and hope to accomplish in their lifetimes. When an older adult human being looks back at their life, they see one of two things: complete satisfaction with the life they have lived, or disappointment at with the realization of a life they could have lived. The short stories Candide , by Voltaire and The Thirteenth Night by Ichiyo both demonstrate the strive that a human being exerts to gain satisfaction and to live the life they desire. These stories show how this necessity is present in different time periods, among different social standings and how it affects people and helps to make key decisions in their lives. Dissatisfaction and nonfulfillment are common themes to both Candide and The Thirteenth Night . When the characters are finally reunited, the nonfulfillment is understood and this leaves the characters with a realization of a life they could have lived. The short story, The Thirteenth Night is a classic Japanese tale of Oseki, the wealthy wife of very powerful man in the Japanese society. In this scene Oseki has traveled home to speak with her parents about an issue that has been bothering her for several years now. The visit is a complete surprise and her parents do not seem to understand why she is visiting, but they are overjoyed at the sight of their daughter once again. During the visit, her parents speak of the joys and achievements their children have accomplished, and about the strong sense of pride they feel from their offspring.
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Although her parents are proud of her, and her marriage, she is dying inside from the secret abuse that she is receiving; an abuse so secret that her parents are clueless to the daily pain she feels. When she breaks down and cries in front of her parents, this is the first time they notice that Oseki is not dressed to the occasion and she appears as though she has been suffering immensely. They also noticed that she did not arrive in her usual shiny black rickshaw, and they were fully aware of the suffering their daughter was going through. Oseki started slowly and diligently telling the story. Oseki starts the story by telling her parents that she is going to divorce her husband, and she has no intent of going back to his house. Oseki described the beginning of the marriage as an amazing time for her and her husband Isamu. But as the years passed on he seemed to be unimpressed by her, and these feelings were especially intensified with the birth of their son Taro. She describes the hostility as increasing, especially with little instances. She told her parents of how he always calls her worthless, completely disregards her, yells at her and must do chores on his own because they are not up to his standards. Isamu became so specific as to yell at Oseki for the way she held her chopsticks, and of the way she laid his clothes out for him at the beginning of the day. Her parents sat and silently listened as she poured her heart out to them for the first time
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