IN A GROVE RYUNOSUKE AKUTAGAWA PDF

Tojabei A lie works as a mechanism of self-preservation for most people. I first did not like this short story, and gave it two stars, mainly because, as they are by definition, short stories are short and I wanted to keep on reading and aktagawa left hungry for more. And, as you see, he got a bow and arrows somewhere. Her daughter is a beautiful, strong-willed year-old named Masago, married to Kanazawa no Takehiro—a year-old samurai from Wakasa. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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The first section of the story comprises four testimonies given to a magistrate, a Kyoto city official who is investigating the mysterious death. The woodcutter who found the body that morning speaks first, confirming the location of the deserted bamboo grove where he found the corpse and describing the dry chest wound in detail. Next, a traveling Buddhist priest says he saw a man, a woman, and a horse the day before just after noon.

To his surprise, she asked him to kill either himself or her husband, saying she would be with the one who lived.

The next account comes from Masago herself, delivered as a confession in the Kiyomizu Temple. When she awoke, the bandit was gone; she concluded that she and her husband needed to die, now that her honor had been disgraced.

She tried to stab herself in the neck and throw herself into a pond but ultimately failed to commit suicide. After her rape and her failed attempt to commit joint suicide, Masago asks the religious authority to whom she speaks what she should do. While Takehiro hesitated to answer the bandit, Masago escaped into the grove. He slowly bled as he watched the sun set over the grove; in the dark, an unidentified character walked up to him and withdrew the knife.

The story ends with Takehiro saying he then sank into the darkness between lives. With no unifying narrative presence to clarify the contradictory events presented in the testimonies, the reader is left without a clear idea of how Takehiro died, only possibilities.

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The woodcutter reports that man died of a single sword stroke to the chest, and that the trampled leaves around the body showed there had been a violent struggle, but otherwise lacked any significant evidence as to what actually happened. There were no weapons nearby, and no horses—only a single piece of rope, a comb and a lot of blood. The next account is delivered by a traveling Buddhist priest. He says that he met the man, who was accompanied by a woman on horseback, on the road, around noon the day before the murder. The man was carrying a sword, a bow and a black quiver. The next testimony is from an old woman, who identifies herself as the mother of the missing girl.

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Rashomon Summary and Analysis of "In a Grove"

The first section of the story comprises four testimonies given to a magistrate, a Kyoto city official who is investigating the mysterious death. The woodcutter who found the body that morning speaks first, confirming the location of the deserted bamboo grove where he found the corpse and describing the dry chest wound in detail. Next, a traveling Buddhist priest says he saw a man, a woman, and a horse the day before just after noon. To his surprise, she asked him to kill either himself or her husband, saying she would be with the one who lived. The next account comes from Masago herself, delivered as a confession in the Kiyomizu Temple. When she awoke, the bandit was gone; she concluded that she and her husband needed to die, now that her honor had been disgraced.

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