Heike Monogatari � The Tale of the Heike

Heike Monogatari � The Tale of the Heike - decline....

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Heike Monogatari – The Tale of the Heike - Epic narrative that accounts the struggle for power and battles between the Heike clan (Taira family) and the Genji clan (Minamoto family); the militant conflict is called “Genpei War” (1180-1185, the late Heian period). - The narratives were transcribed from orally recited stories; blind traveling monks memorized and recited the epic with an accompaniment of a biwa , a musical instrument akin to a lute. - As marked by the opening of the epic, the central theme is the Buddhist philosophy of impermanence: The sound of the bell of the Gion Temple echoes the impermanence of all things; the color of the sala flowers reveals the truth that the prosperous must
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Unformatted text preview: decline. The proud do not endure, they are like a dream on a spring night; the mighty fall at last, they are as dust before the wind. (Chapter 1)-The Tale tends to be episodic and annecdotal; each section focuses on the hisotrical figures emotional torment, pathos, compassion, and philosophical as well as ideological thougtht systems embraced by militants (samurai). Discussion Question: 1) How does The Death of Atsumori portray Kumagai Naozane and Taira no Atsumori? What is the emotional conflict experienced by Kumagai? 2) In conjunction with the idea of the Buddhist impermanence, how is the former empress, Kenreimonin, depicted in the narrative?...
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