Analyzing Sayuri's Sense Of Triumph Throughout Arthur Golden's "Memoirs Of A Geisha"

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A hero who is triumphant throughout the course of their journey in life is said to succeed in the future. In Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, Chiyo (later referred to as Sayuri) endures many obstacles to attract the Chairman’s attention, become a successful geisha and to outrun her enemy, Hatsumomo. At first, she starts off her new life as a maid who tries to run away from her miserable time at the okiya and after her encounter with the chairman at the bridge, she realizes that her life can be worth living for after all. With determination, ambition and perseverance, it is evidently shown that Sayuri portrays a sense of triumph at the conclusion of the novel.Sayuri’s determination has helped her achieve life goals which give her the ability to become triumphant at the conclusion. Sayuri’s encounter with the chairman at the sumo match has made her determine to gather as much information as possible to increase her chances of being with the chairman. Sayuri convinces herself and proclaims, “Now that I knew the identity of the Chairman, I began that very night to read every discarded news magazine I could find in the hopes of learning more about him.” (245). Sayuri’s determination in hopes of finding information abut the Chairman have convinced her that there is hope for a happier ending. In addition, Sayuri sets her mind tobecome closer to the chairman and in the end, the Chairman meets up with Sayuri to tell her about his feelings towards her. Moreover, they got married and began their geisha business in New York City. As a result, Sayuri has achieved the ending she has wished for with the power of determination and therefore, her sense of triumph is evident at the conclusion of the novel.Sayuri’s ambition is evident throughout the novel and therefore, her sense of triumph is shown at the conclusion. In all novels, the protagonist will encounter the antagonist and will eventually lead to the downfall of the protagonist. Sayuri’s ambition is to outrun and embarrass Hatsumomo as much as possible and as a result, it will eliminate Sayuri’s downfall. Since Sayuri’s first encounter with Hatsumomo upon her arrival, Hatsumomo has brought miserable moments for Sayuri. For example, Hatsumomo brings home an expensive geisha gown from a well known geisha in Gion and manipulates Sayuri to vandalize the gown by means of practicing her calligraphy. Sayuri was caught returning the gown to the owner and Sayuri is severely punished for her actions. However, Sayuri’s shows ambition when she exposes Hatsumomo’s secret. She explains the story to Mother, “Hatsumomo was in the maids’ room with her boyfriend. She’s angry about something, and she’s taking it out on me.” (104). At this moment, Sayuri was framed for stealing Hatsumomo’s emerald brooch and since Sayuri is about to get punished for her...

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