The Tale of Genji Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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?

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