You have read four different versions of the Dōjōji story—from the 11th century, in a collection of tales demonstrating the efficacy of the Lotus Sutra; from the 12th century, in Tales of Times Now Past; from the 16th, as “The Tale of Dōjōji” and as a Nō play, from the 15th. How do the versions differ from each other? What do the differences tell us about the cultural changes between the 11-12th centuries and the 15-16th? Are there any differences among the versions with respect to the crucial issue of how women are treated?
As before, the essay should be 7 pages long (about 2000 words), double spaced, in a normal font.