“Anthology of Japanese Literature”
by DONALD KEENE // (PAGES 335-353)
“It was a worthy vision, but Osan said to herself, ?What becomes of me now does not matter. I left my husband
at the risk of my life because this love appealed to me. Monju may understand the love of men for men, but he
knows nothing of the love of women.”
(Keene, Anthology of Japanese Literature, p. 350)
This line uttered by Osan in Ihara Saikaku?s What the Seasons Brought to the Almanac Maker shows how Osan is
willing to sacrifice herself for the sake of her love. Do you believe Saikaku meant to extol the virtues of
love in the face of hardship, did Saikaku mean this as a cautionary tale, or do you have a different
interpretation of the story entirely? Take a position and identify at least three examples in the text that support your ideas.
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