Sensei replied, "What is your woman?
Is she just a container for the child?"
A Sensei is a teacher, someone who is there for guidance so you can make wiser choices.
Here, the Sensei asks Frank two questions that imply skepticism. They are questioning the importance of Frank’s female partner to him, the Sensei goes on to ask if she is nothing more than a vessel to carry Frank’s children.
The sensei doesn’t answer their own question, they simply ask Frank to re-evaluate his already inconclusive view of her. It is open for interpretation, not a concrete conclusion.
Frank could be using the Sensei character as a metaphor for his own conscience here. He continues to have an introspective conversation throughout the verses. He’s also making a rebuttal to the previous line. Your woman is more than just a container for a child, just like your brain is more than just a container for a mind.
Finally, the Sensei here is not given a gender — although stereotypically male, a Sensei can be of any gender, and the word Sensei is genderless in the Japanese language. This is rather fitting, as the Sensei here is the one helping Frank to open up about his feelings towards the different genders, as well as helping him understand himself.
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