Questions for consideration:
What do Ibuki and Mikame find so interesting about mononoke (spirit possession)? Do their interests differ from Miekoâ€™s and Yasukoâ€™s? If so, why and in what ways?
What is the significance to the novel of Miekoâ€™s â€œShrine in the Fieldâ€ essay?
What is the nature and objective of Miekoâ€™s elaborate revenge scheme?
What do the various female NÅ masks symbolize/represent? How do they compare and contrast with Miekoâ€™s â€œmask-likeâ€ face?
What is the source of the power that women such as Yasuko have over men such as Ibuki and Mikame?
Can this be considered a work of feminist literature? If so, in what ways?