The cat who lived in the palace by lady sei shonagon
by : Lady SeiShonagon
a Japanese author and acourt lady who served theEmpress Teishi (Sadako)around the year 1000 duringthe middle Heian period. She is best known as theauthor of The Pillow Book
Shōnagon is also known for herrivalry with hercontemporary, writer and courtlady Murasaki Shikibu, author ofThe Tale of Genji who served theEmpress Shoshi.She was the daughter ofKiyohara no Motosuke, a scholarand well-known waka poet, who
it is mostly a personalwork, Shōnagons writing andpoetic skill makes it interesting asa work of literature, and it isvaluable as a historical document.Part of it was revealed to theCourt by accident duringShōnagons life.
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Protagonist ) Okinamaro – who foolishlystartled and terrified a cat that lived in thepalace. (Antagonist ) Lady Myobu – The Emperor’sCat, treates with the greatest care Lady Uma – the nurse in charged to LadyMyobu Emperor / Empress / Majesty Ukon
The story was writtenduring the middleHeian Period. Andmost of the sceneswas taken in thePalace
The same evening a wretched-lookingdog walked in, his body was trembling andhe was swollen all over.The Empress sawthe dog but couldn’t believe that this wastheir dog okinamaro, because it doesn’treact or respond at all.”No it cannot be thesame one. And besides, wasn’t okinamarobeaten to death and his body thrownaway? How could any dog be alive afterbeing flogged by two strong men?” Themajesty was very unhappy after hearingthis.
It is Internal Conflict , Okinamarostruggle within himself, he makessome decisions and he overcomepain . Man vs Man – Okinamarostruggles with his physical strengthagainst other men, forces of nature oranimals.
The Pillow Book is a collection ofanecdotes, memories of court and religiousceremonies, character sketches, lists of thingsthe author enjoyed or loathed, places thatinterested her, diary entries, descriptions ofnature, pilgrimages, conversations, poetryexchanges–indeed, almost everything that madeup daily life for the upper classes in japan duringthe Heian period. Her style is so eloquent, herobservations so skillfully chosen, and her wit sosharp that even the smallest detail she recordscan attract and hold the attention of any modernreader
First Person – The story is told bythe protagonist or one of thecharacters who interacts closelywith the protagonist or othercharacters. The reader sees thestory through this person’s eyesas he/she experiences it andonly knows what he/she knowsor feels.