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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, Kenreimon’in, depicted in the narrative?...
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- Fujiwara clan, Genpei War, Taira clan, Minamoto clan, Heike monogatari, The Tale of the Heike