The Tale of Genji Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Genji is a shameless womanizer throughout the bulk of the novel. What do you believe his actions toward women suggests about his character? Support your answers with specific references to and examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

After Genji's death, Kaoru becomes the main character of focus. How does Kaoru's character parallel Genji's character?

Essay Topic 3

What do you believe is the prevailing theme in the novel? Why? How do you interpret this theme?

Essay Topic 4

At one point in the novel Genji becomes ill with grief, then malaria. What could these sickness symbolize in Genji's character? Why might the author have chosen to use illness as symbolism?

Essay Topic 5

Why do you believe the author leaves certain events out? For instance, she left out the fact that Fujitsuo and Genji slept together; the reader does not realize this until much later. How does this add...

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