Memoirs Of a Geisha Hero

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Amber Domer #13062 2-15-2012 “The Beauty of a Hero” Heroes can come in many forms. Some may be more obvious than others. Joseph Campbell states in The Hero with a Thousand Faces that “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Many films play off of this concept. Some of the obvious ones include, Lord of the Rings, The Odyssey, and The Book of Eli. The heroes in these movies are apparent. Even if the viewer is ignorant to Joseph Campbell’s stages of a hero, they can clearly acknowledge the journey and the hero standing at the end. The Hero inspires us to take our own journey into the unknown and find the beauty within ourselves. One of the most beautiful heroes comes from the film called Memoirs of a Geisha. This movie takes the viewer on a journey with a young Japanese girl by the name of Chiyo. Her story begins as a little girl living on the coast of Japan with her mother and father. After her mother gets sick, her father sells her to a geisha house in Kyoto. A geisha house, or Okiya, is a house in which a maiko or geisha lives, owned by the woman who will pay for her training. There she faces many challenges which transform her not only on the outside, but internally as well. How could a geisha be a hero? This is a good question. Looking at Joseph Campbell’s stages of a hero it becomes clear that Chiyo passes through many of them. It may be slightly obscure to the naked eye, but with a closer look and an open mind the hero is revealed. The most important stages Chiyo experiences are, “The Call to Adventure”, “Supernatural Aid”, “The Road of Trials”, “Women as the Temptress”, and “The Ultimate Boon”. The first stage in the film is “The Call to Adventure”. In Japan, during this era, it was common for parents to sell their daughters to pleasure districts and the lucky ones to a geisha house. Chiyo and her sister

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