Akutagawa _In a Bamboo Grove_ - Notes fo WIT IO

Akutagawa _In a Bamboo Grove_ - Notes fo WIT IO - Summaries...

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Summaries Summary In a Bamboo Grove” is a japanese short story about a series of testimonies that are provided for a police commissioner in Kyoto, Japan surrounding the murder of a man in a bamboo grove. What Everyone Agreed On Takehiro is dead Takehiro was killed by a single stab wound to the chest Tajomaru raped Masago Tajomaru stole the arrow, quiver and horse Masago wishes Takehiro dead Masago and Tajomaru do not leave together There was some kind of struggle (either when Takehiro got tied up, or when they sword fight Rope was used Discrepancies Woodcutter finds a comb that was never again mentioned Woodcutter also mentions a violent struggle that trampled the leaves which only matches up with the duel in Tajomaru story Priest says there were 20 arrows in the quiver, but the policeman says there was only 17, yet no one says anything about firing arrows Masago’s mother says Takehiro was a samurai but no one else mentions it (he died dishonorably anyway, way of the samurai being forgotten) Tajomaru said he lured Takehiro and Masago away to the grove with a promise of treasure, he separated them, tied up Takehiro and had a fight with Masago, Masago said only one of the men could live after seeing her shame, so he untied Takehiro and killed him in a fight, Masago ran away Masago does not mentions how Tajomaru got them to the grove, said her husband looked at her with disgust and contempt. She fainted, Tajomaru was gone so she killed her husband and tried to kill herself out of shame Takehiro does not mention how Tajomaru got them into the grove, says he tried to comfort his wife, but she agreed to go with him and asked him to kill her husband because he couldn;t be with him otherwise, he attacked her, she ran away and Tajomaru untied Takehiro who killed himself Masago always has a dagger (fights Tajomaru with it, husband kills himself with it, Masago kills her husband with it), woodcutter never sees a dagger Context Author’s Biography/Facts Setting ● Background Turbulent times in Japan The country is changing between power and wealth and the depths of poverty and devastation After the efforts to modernize of Japan, politically, socially, economically, and culturally Japan is trying to take control over its neighboring countries Japan joins in WW1 “Japan is plunged into economic crisis in the 1920s, accompanied by social upheaval caused by the stresses of unemployment, an expanding population, and rapid urban growth”
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● Emotional Japan at this time was at the state of constant fear do the war that had been occurring Sadness and depression was a common concept do to poverty that had been prevalent in this time period Do to the conflicts between the people in the hierarchie, the occuring war and the differing views on whether it's was best for Japan to modernise or stick to tradition; anger was common to the citizens of Japan
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  • Fall '12
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  • japan, Taishō period, Takehiro, Masago, Akutagawa

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