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English ISU-The Pact and Memoirs of a GeishaIn the novels The Pact by Jodi Piocoult and Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden there is a strong reflection of life and its negative aspects Not only do both novels involve a female whos life is controlled by those around her but the girls are also controlled by a desired conception of themselves that they feel they have to achieve The predominant ideas that exist in both works are those concerned with ones personal will to live a certain way and to achieve goals that are believed to grant success Both stories involve a female who through out her life endures the pain that sometimes comes with the bleak reality of our world The childhood traumas and the severe pressure exerted upon each of the woman causes them to suffer However Sayuri although she is deprived of her individual freedom uses her situation to its full potential where as Emily can not deal with the pain and has a mental breakdown Both Sayuri in Memoirs of a Geisha and Emily in The Pact suffer through a childhood trauma Sayuri begins her life in the small town of Yoroido Japan where she lives with her family and knows herself at this time as Chiyo her name does not change to Sayuri until years later Sayuri is dealing with the deterioration of her mother who is ill with cancer and is preparing for her death while her father is a quiet distant man who neither knows Sayuri or her sister Satsu It isone afternoon when her father with out confronting his wife or children makes a deal with a significant man to sell his children Sayuri is taken to see a lady who inspects her in appalling ways to find out if she is suitable to be sold Sayuri soon finds herself on a train leaving Yoroido where she will be separated from her entire family and transported
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