Choose a passage (one sentence to several sentences or more in length) in Sei Shonagon’s Pillow Book that you particularly like and apply any of the above information about composition, style, tone, and intention to it. Discuss Sei Shonagon’s attitude in your selected passage and her approach to writing the passage. What does she reveal about herself? About her status and class? What does she say that you perhaps identify with, or argue with? Why? How is her writing style in the passage you’ve chosen reflective of the thought and observation she offers? How does her writing compare with any of the Chinese poetry we’ve read? Explain and give examples.
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