Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden, is distorted version of the classic story of Cinderella. A young girl who grows up with a hard life, struggles to make ends meet, and whom one day hopes to find true love. One day, she meets "ÃÂprince charming', they fall madly in love, and live happily ever after.
One of the themes of this book was love. When Sayuri (Chiyo) was very young, she was taken away from all of her loved ones. She grew up without any real love from anyone. All her life she felt alone, and lost, wishing someone would care for her and love her. When she met the Chairman, it was the first time in years anyone had showed affection to her. His kindness touched her heart forever and he always remained a special person to Sayuri.
The only obstacle with being in love was that a Geisha couldn't be successful if they were involved with another man.
No one would want them and they would have no danas, men who support them financially. For Sayuri, this was a major problem because there were many men interested in being her dana. She struggled between attaining a successful career, and wanting the only man she had ever loved.
Sayuri's life as a geisha was an extraordinary one because she was able to overcome much of what others couldn't. She had great strength, was very successful, and her wishes did in fact come true in the end. She ended up with the Chairman, or whom she could call "ÃÂprince charming', and they lived happily ever after.