Rashomon study guide contains a biography of Ryunosuke Akutagawa, literature essays, Rashomon Summary and Analysis of “In a Grove”. Translated by Takashi Kojima. The Testimony of a Woodcutter Questioned by a High Police Commissioner. Yes, sir. Certainly, it was I who found the body. “In a Grove” is perhaps the most famous of Akutagawa Ryunosuke’s works. It is the basis for Kurosawa Akira’s movie Rashomon and helped cement the widely.

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It is the part I loved the most since it allowed me to take a glimpse at Akutagawa’s beautiful and poignant writing, something that could not exist in the previous attempt to describe cold, hard facts.

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This is clear in the Japanese version of the text. What he did is provide us with information, and it would be up to the readers to form the puzzle In a Grove is simply amazing. Tajomaru will be executed for the crimes, and all is resolved, save that the woman is still missing. When I arrested him, he had fallen off his horse. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. Mar 22, Traveller rated it it was amazing Shelves: This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat Then Tajomaru must be the murderer.


Sometimes you kill them on the pretext of working for their good View all 3 comments. That makes him honorable which is advantageous for him.

In a Grove by Ryƫnosuke Akutagawa

All in a short story of about thirty pages. Since the film gave me the absurd idea of merging these reviews, it is only fair to say akutagaea Kurosawa’s approach differs a bit from Akutagawa’s story, where ambiguity controls every aspect of it. The story ends with the account of the murdered samurai as told through a medium. Rryunosuke found only a rope at the root of a cedar near by. If you’re going to take somebody’s woman, a man has to die. A reader’s enjoyment of this story will mostly depend on their own temperament as such the book should be approached cautiously.

November Learn how and when to remove this template message. In taking responsibility, each person ceases to be entirely a victim and reclaims the honor otherwise lost in the incident.

In a Grove

Her daughter, she says, has never been with a man other than Takehiro. View all 9 comments. The story proceeds by assembling diverse testimonies to the events that are given in answer to the questions of the high police commissioner. Since I am a Buddhist priest, I took little notice about her details. And it is exactly how it was in this story.

He is no longer a man tied to a tree whose wife, raped in front of him, is willing to run away with the robber if the robber first kills her husband. The story is of a murder of a samurai and the violation of his wife.


In the husband’s account he acts like a samurai. The police commissioner listens to a woodcutter, a Buddhist monk, the infamous bandit Tajomaru, The mother of the wife, wife of the samurai, and the samurai through a medium.

As Tajomaru says in justifying killing, even the rich men ryunowuke, albeit by different means that is in a ggrove socially acceptable way they are killing poor people. You kill people with your power, with your money.

In the samurai’s account he killed himself with his wife’s small sword. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

October Learn how and when to remove this template message. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Modern Language Association http: Dec 07, John Lee rated it it was amazing. The concept that there akutagaqa multiple truths to a particular event and each version has equal weight depending on the observer.

Two realizations after this read: Didn’t know this was the story that inspired Kurosawa.