Goddess, widow, whore: The Ethical Identity Constructed in Seicho Matsumoto’s The Red Lottery

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Abstract

From the interpretation of Seicho Matsumoto’s The Red Lottery from the perspective of Ethical Literary Criticism, we can find that, the three different ethical identities of Mrs. Tsukanishi were constructed by Suemori and Kusuda. Those constructions rejected the processes of their “masking-restraint- naked performance” of their desires for the lady. The internal reason for Mrs. Tsukanishi’s ethical identity to be “fallen” is the ethical choice of the two officers and the external reason is the ethical environment in which the values of “male myth” prevail. In the ethical choice of the two men, Mrs. Tsukanishi has never been treated as an individual with independent will, but only as an object of being watched, which leads to her tragic ending. The tragic writing about “silent” women in The Red Lottery not only criticized the values of “male myth” from the positive side, but also responded to the social trend of the development of the feminist movement from the negative side.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-154
Number of pages9
JournalInterdisciplinary Studies of Literature
Volume4
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Literature and Literary Theory

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