Lady Sei Shonagon The rooster’s crowing In the
middle of the night Deceived the hearers; But at
Osaka’s gateway The guards are never fooled.
Hateful Hate”ful, a. 1. Manifesting hate or
hatred; malignant; malevolent. [Archaic or R.] And
worse than death, to view with hateful eyes His
rival’s conquest. –Dryden. 2.
deserving great dislike, aversion, or disgust;
odious. Unhappy, wretched, hateful day! –Shak.
The daughter of a poet, Kiyohara no Motosuke, she
became Lady-in-waiting to the Empress Sadako, who
presided over a frivolous and witty court. Her
life and style contrast with the serious tone of
her contemporary Shikibu Murasaki. Her chief work
is Makura no sashi (C (1000 – 1015)), a ‘pillow
book’ or series of impressions, anecdotes, diary
entries and written observations arranged by mood,
such as ‘annoying’, ‘amusing’. It is vivid,
sarcastic, poetic and frank, and full of outspoken
opinions. Another piece of writing by Shonagon,
Hateful Things, is short and to the point.
paragraph in this essay is a situation given by
Sei and then criticized. She has many things that
she dislikes as she points out in this essay. At
first when reading the essay you find it funny and
just a way for her to get to a point, yet she just
continues to bring up another thing that she hates
and describes it a way that you too would
understand and feel. Honestly, I had to agree with
many of the situations that she offered and with
that I found it very amusing and funny. Shonagon
starts Hateful Things with a scenario of one who
is in a hurry to leave but one just continues to
chat away. And then on top of this you cannot
really ask the person to tell you about it some
other time because this person deservers your
respect and good behavior.
Shonagon feels as this
situation is very hateful and then is ready to
start another situation. I personally liked this
beginning. I recently had a similar encounter (as
I often do because I have professors that I talk
with everyday) so it was easy to find her point
understandable and amusing. The next situation
given that stood out was One is just about to be
told some interesting piece of news when a baby
starts crying was one that I would think some
uptight person would dislike, yet find it hateful?
I would agree that it is annoying and can become
agitating yet to become hateful? But as I looked
up what the word Hateful I found that disliked was
a prominent word in the meaning. I always found
hate or hateful just such a harsh word as I have
heard it to be a terrible word. A carriage passes
with a nasty, creaking noise.
Annoying to think
that the passengers may not even be aware of this!
If I am traveling in someones carriage and I hear
it creaking, I dislike not only the noise but also
the owner of the carriage. One is in the middle of
a story when someone butts in and tries to show
that he is the only clever person in the room.
Such a person is hateful, and so, indeed, is
anyone, child or adult, who tries to push himself
forward One is telling a story about old times
when someone breaks in with a little detail hat he
happens to know, implying that ones own version is
inaccurate-disgusting behavior! Sei Shonagon
continues to use such scenarios that she finds
hateful. Each of them is amusing in that she finds
it hateful when it is such a little deal yet it
becomes disturbing in that someone can find so
many little things hateful. Many things in this
world annoy each and every one of us. Yet these
things are things that bother all and are built in
our genetics to find disturbing and hateful. These
things are understandable as all of us relates yet
when you find a person that can find the littlest
of things annoying and upsetting you start to
worry of that person.
I just cant understand why
someone would be so hateful and dislike so many
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