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He instantly begins noticing the changes of the

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modern and westernized part of Japan and where he came from. He instantly begins noticing the changes of the modern and westernized Japan as he interacts with different women and meets different people with different perspectives from him. His views of women are unlike the Mo 1
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European’s narrative as they were looked down upon in society and lacked attention as they played the roles of domestic women in the household and society. In his perspective, women are strong, they have the ability to do what they want. This is embracing the European narrative of the enlightenment because women were not held in high standards at that time. In this situation, Sanshirō sees women as individuals who have opportunities, although they are still in the time period of Japan where women were still quiet and submissive such as Miwata Omitsu, “His mother noted that Omitsu was a pretty girl with a nice disposition…and considering the two families’ long-standing relationship, it should work out well for both sides” (Natsume, 65). The ideals of women in the city were different than those who did not live in westernized areas, as they still had the traditional ideas for women and men. Sanshirō would defend the rights for women in particular Satomi Mineko, the young girl he likes, when Yojirō comments how he agrees with the professor’s belief that there is something “wild” about Mineko, “He could not agree with either. To begin with, he found the use of “wild” to describe Mineko incomprehensible” (Natsume, 109). Sanshiro believed and embraced the European narrative of
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