Memoirs of a Geisha Comparison Essay

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Comparing Memoirs of a Geisha and “Fate and Destiny” Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha and Robert Grimes’ “Fate and Destiny” both share an underlying theme concerning fate and destiny and the relation they share. The common theme is, in one’s life one will need to choose one’s destiny based on the recognition of one’s fate. Memoirs of a Geisha emphasizes the actual pursuit of this destiny while “Fate and Destiny” focuses on questioning specific definition and recognition factors of both. The two texts share a common pondering of finding one’s fate much like when Chiyo is struggling to discover hers. They mention the importance of locked fate that cannot be altered and the idea that other people may be able to recognize a person’s fate, before that person does. Both describe the waiting of the opportune moment or sign of destiny as well as actual recognition of one’s fate. Although generally similar, many specific points emphasize the differences in the journey of fate and the questioning of fate, but Memoirs of a Geisha more effectively explores the theme. The narrators of both texts, written in first person, wonder about the concepts of fate and destiny. Chiyo, in Memoirs of a Geisha, ponders what her fate is; “Could my fate really be to stay here the rest of my life as nothing more than a maid? It can’t be. I will do anything to alter it,” (Golden 110). At the time, it looks like Chiyo’s fate is not what she wants it to be. She is determined to not allow her fate to be something so unpleasant for her. The thoughts and feeling she describes more greatly emphasize the theme. Robert Grimes simply states the question; “If our destiny has yet to be chosen, but our fate is sealed, then is not our destiny already chosen, but unseen until the opportune moment?” (Grimes 13). He contradicts his opinions of whether fate or

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