Images of the Feminine in Murō Saisei’s Ani imōto and Shita o kamikitta onna
Murō Saisei’s novel
images of the feminine
There are common features in the images of the feminine depicted in Murō Saisei’s Ani imōto (1934) and Shita o kamikitta onna (1956). The heroines are confronted with the situations of unexpected pregnancy and childbirth. However, even under such circumstances, the women survive through their strong determination. The themes of the desire for life that surpasses reason, the passage between death and life, and the cruelty of fate can all be read from them. Thus, the archetypical image of the feminine depicted by Murō Saisei can be read from these two novels.
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