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'''''The Tale of Genji''''' is a classic Japanese novel about a self-centered, womanizing prince in [[Medieval Japan]]. It was  written in the eleventh century AD by [[Lady Murasaki]], who was well acquainted with life in the [[Japanese Emperor]]'s court during the [[Heian Period]].<ref>"Although fictional, the Tale of Genji is taken to be an accurate representation of aristocratic life in the middle of the Heian period (794-1195). [http://www.dartmouth.edu/~arth17/Genji.html]</ref>
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'''''The Tale of Genji''''' is a classic Japanese novel about a self-centered, womanizing prince in [[Medieval Japan]]. It was  written in the eleventh century AD by [[Lady Murasaki]], who was well acquainted with life in the [[Japanese Emperor]]'s court during the [[Heian Period]].
  
The main character, Genji, was a prodigy/prince who used his beauty and charm to seduce women and kidnap girls. One, named Murasaki, was a ten-year-old whom he made a [[child bride]].<ref>[http://{{e}}zinearticles.com/?Female-Resistance-to-Male-Authority,-Part-One&id=147595 Mary Arnold]</ref>
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The main character, Genji, was a prince who used his power to seduce women and kidnap girls. He provided each one with their own room and individual garden in a mansion he built especially for his wives and concubines.  
  
In his old age he dies miserably:
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In his old age he repented his sins and turned to [[Buddhism]] for solace.  
*Murasaki dies two or three years later, in her early forties. Genji, then in his early fifties, survives her as a mere shell of his former self. It appears that after the reader sees him for the last time, he leaves the world, retires to a temple, and dies within a year or two.
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[http://us.penguingroup.com/static/packages/us/taleofgenji/introduction3.html]
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==Notes==
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==External Links==
 
*[http://intersections.anu.edu.au/issue7/tyler.html Gender Relations in The Tale of Genji]
 
*[http://us.penguingroup.com/static/packages/us/taleofgenji/introduction3.html Plot summary]
 
  
 
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[[Category:Novels|Tale of Genji]][[category:Japanese History]]
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Revision as of 02:56, 25 February 2009

The Tale of Genji is a classic Japanese novel about a self-centered, womanizing prince in Medieval Japan. It was written in the eleventh century AD by Lady Murasaki, who was well acquainted with life in the Japanese Emperor's court during the Heian Period.

The main character, Genji, was a prince who used his power to seduce women and kidnap girls. He provided each one with their own room and individual garden in a mansion he built especially for his wives and concubines.

In his old age he repented his sins and turned to Buddhism for solace.