.. e, both her and Chriss parents force the idea the one day Chris and Emily will be together, get married and have children. Emily knows nothing different than to be with Chris, because that is what everyone wants. It was clear that Chris loved her; of course hed want to make love to her. And certainly it was right-for Gods sake, shed been hearing her name linked to Chriss since before she could speak (Picoult, 141).Emily is so used to being told that her and Chris aregoing to end up together, it is as if her believing anything else is wrong.
Emily begins feeling, as their relationship becomes more serious, that what she and Chris has doesnt feel quite right. This frightens Emily, because she is violating the perception that everyone has created for her. If she isnt with Chris, she will disappoint everyone. When Emily becomes pregnant, everything good starts to disintegrate. Emily begins to view herself as a failure.
She had spent her entire life being what everybody else had always wanted her to be. The perfect daughter, the budding artist, the best friend, the first love. She had been so busy meeting everyone elses expectations, in fact, that it had taken her years to remember exactly why it was all one big farce. She was not perfect, far from it, and what you saw outside was not what you were really getting.
Deep down she was dirty, and this was the kind of thing that happened to girls like her (Picoult, 202).The fact that Emily gets pregnant destroys her. She is unable to tell even Chris who is the father in fear of what her might think of her. She is unable to tell her parents, because she does not want to break the image they have of her.
Consequently, all the pressure and control deprives Sayuri of her individual freedom. However, she is still able to use her situation to its full potential.Emily, on the other hand, can not deal with such pain and has a mental breakdown, which in the end leads to suicide. As soon as Sayuri enters Gion she has two choices: to work hard to become a successful Geisha, or not to work hard, and suffer.
She chooses to work hard to be successful. Despite this choice, Sayuris life does not belong to her anymore. She will do what she is told by those around her.And she will work not to attain love, or satisfaction, but to attain money. At the beginning of the novel, Sayuri is looking back at her life when she begins her story. She comments in the opening paragraph: The truth is, that the afternoon when I met Mr. Tanaka Ichiro really was the best and the worst afternoon of my life (Golden, 1).
Because Sayuri becomes a geisha, she learned that life has to offer some good things, but also a lot of bad things.Through this she learned to appreciate the wonderful things that much more. Although Sayuri never doesget to be with the Chairman, the man she wants to be with, she thanks him for what he gave her. I wasnt thanking him for the coin, or even for stopping to help me. I was thanking him forwell, for showing me that something besides cruelty could be found in this world (Golden, 114).
Although Sayuri goes through unimaginable emotional pain, she is still able to hold on to the pleasant things she can find, and make the best of them.Sayuri looks at her options and realizes they are slim, and decides to make the best of herself with what she has. You must be very proud, Mrs.
Nitta, of how well your daughter is doing. Her fortunes have surpassed expectations! Wouldnt you agree? (Golden, 297.) Sayuri works so hard to become successful, that she surprises even the bitter, strict mother of the Okiya. Sayuri gains so much respect, that she sees decisions being left to be made by herself, instead of someone else.
The years when Sayuri lives in Gion, are the years of the great depression, followed by the Second World War. It is clear that many suffered in Japan. If Sayuri had not been taken from her poor town in Yoriodo, she would have died. Gion, however, is one city, that for the most part, in the midst of all the traumas, and misery, still has some light shine on it. While most Japanese lived in the dark valley through all the 1930s, in Gion, we were still warmed by the sun (Golden, 333).
Although, when Sayuri is taken away from her home town, she lost her whole family, and her entire childhood, the move entitled her to many luxuries and experiences she would never of been able to endure if she had still lived in Yoroido. Becoming a geisha, in one way closes up all of Sayuris opportunities, but on the other hand, opened up an entire world of experiences and visions that would change her life. It is clear that Sayuri in the end prospers from all the suffering she goes through. For Emily, the pain is too hard to deal with and her confidence is too low, she simply can not handle it, and she eventually ends up killing herself. Emily takes one look at herself, and sees how her life is treating her, and ultimately thinks that being dead would be better than being alive.Emily is too confused with in herself to deal with these problems.
She is unaccustomed and unprepared for change due to the fact that she has such a set vision of herself that she must display. When she realizes that life is not always how you plan it to be, she does not know what to do. Before Emily becomes pregnant, she expresses her fear of change.
I wish things could stay like thislike nowforever (Picoult, 209).Death seems to totally preoccupy Emily. He realizes that this was Emily now, that the only time she seemed happy was when she was planning the way she would die (Picoult, 281.) Life is no longer something Emily enjoyed. To her, it is an annoying phenomenon that only offers her problems. Her depression seems to be noticed by others around her, as if she is silently letting out a call for help. Emily paints a picture of a free form skull, with storm-clouded eye-sockets and a lolling tongue.
She entitles it self-portrait. It is evident that Emilys vision of herself is one of a girl who has failed and sunk to the darkest failures possible. She sees herself as a mentally dead person, whose body is still participating in a futile life.
Emily eventually ends up killing herself in desperation for some peace and hapiness, and in an escape from her problems. Sayuri and Emily are both forced to endure ruthless and painful circumstances for a time in their life.Sayuri, although often unhappy, deals with her struggle and becomes a better person because of it. Emily finds her life too distressing and unbearable and gives up trying to improve her life. Both works are very similar in that both women suffered childhood traumas.
Sayuri is taken away from her family, and sold. Emily goes through the terrible experience of being raped. At a young age both girls experience negative circumstances, thereby altering their view of life.
Both Sayuri and Emily are also controlled by others and by a perception of themselves.Sayuri isunable to make any of her own decisions, until she becomes one of the most successful geisha in the history of Japan. Up until then, those around her control her every move, and make all of her decisions. Emily is pressured and controlled in that everyone has made for her a pathway through life, in which she is to walk. She has a perfect image laid out for her. When Emily violates this image by getting pregnant, and by continuing to let the haunting memories of rape destroy her relationship with Chris, she is scared, and feels she is failing. Emily suffers a mental breakdown.
The contrast between the two stories is evident: Sayuri deals with her situation, by taken advantage of the positive opportunities she has, she makes the decision to become a geisha.She sees all of the negative aspects, yet does not let go of the positive ones. Emily, on the contrary, lets her unpleasant experiences be a cause for her destruction, instead of making her stronger. The Pact and Memoirs of a Geisha are both worth while novels that allow us to become aware of reality. They are good comparable novels because we can see one alternative of dealing with lifes conflicts, which is ending them by ultimately ridding yourself of existence, or the other alternative, the one Sayuri took, which is realizing what positive things life still has to offer in a time when suffering is weighing you down. Book Reports.