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 (Yabo no naka) Source for information on In a Grove (Yabo no Naka ) by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Reference Guide to Short Fiction dictionary. Rashomon study guide contains a biography of Ryunosuke Akutagawa, literature essays, Rashomon Summary and Analysis of “In a Grove”.

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Yet other versions of the events are possible.

Well, the man was armed with a sword as well as a bow and arrows. Why are the statements advantageous for each of them? False to Akutagawa’s metaphysics, Kurosawa is true, however, to Akutagawa’s yrove about human nature. And why should everyone involved claim to have killed him? The plot revolves around some interesting themes that include the inability to know an absolute truth since everything seems to be contaminated by our impressions; self-interest, beauty and lust, dishonor and the atrocities a person is willing to do to remedy that situation, the ephemeral essence of our existence and the heinous rationalization behind the act of taking somebody else’s life.

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. Two realizations after this read: A reader’s enjoyment of this story will mostly depend on their own temperament as such the book should be approached cautiously. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. After that, Tajomaru on to remember that no one has ever fought with him twenty strokes 4.

The plot of The X-Files episode ” Jose Chung’s From Outer Space ” also deals with conflicting testimonies from characters involved in an alien abduction case.

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Two questions arise at once: A desire for truth. Anticipating by more than a decade such American experiments with multiple-voiced narration as those of John Dos Passos and William FaulknerAkutagawa acknowledged his debt to Robert Browning even as he pioneered a turn away from the Victorian quest for certainty to a darker, modernist analysis of human self-deception.


Just as Browning took the story for The Ring and the Book from an eighteenth-century Roman murder case, so Akutagawa took his story of theft, rape, and death from the Konjaku Monogatari. A lonely light lingered on the cedars and mountains Mar 10, Ken Moten rated it really liked it Shelves: The wound had dried up, I believe. This is a series of testimonials about a murder. Apr 21, Ana rated it it was amazing Shelves: Quotes from In a Grove.

You ask me if I saw a sword or any such thing? The next testimony is from an old woman, who identifies herself as the mother of the missing girl. After reading the story I did watch Akira Kurosawa’s version of the movie Rashomon and it did help with perspective.

In taking responsibility, each person ceases to be entirely a victim and reclaims the honor otherwise lost in the incident. The book is a very short, easy read, based on the simple premise that each person remembers things slightly differently, and has a different perspective on life. Views Read Edit View history. We are then given the story of a policeman who tells of capturing the thief Tajomaru. The title of this section is: Tajomaru is introduced as a notorious brigand by Policeman 1but how does a brigand lie to remain as a good person?

The translation also came across as a lot more elegant than some of Akutagawa’s other stories. ryunlsuke

In a Grove

At the end grive her confession, she weeps. Her daughter is a beautiful, strong-willed year-old named Masago, married to Kanazawa no Takehiro—a year-old samurai from Wakasa.

A little beyond the stone bridge I found the horse grazing by the roadside, with his long rein dangling. First, Tajomaru lies on his confession because he wants to remain as a man who fought for justice and beat a samurai, not as a notorious brigand; he wants to be remembered this way as a strong and just hero. I suspect that even the ghost wants to preserve as much of his honor as possible even after death.


He was wearing a dark blue silk kimono and a large plain sword. Jan 18, Priyanka rated it really liked it Shelves: Oct 17, Cristina rated it really liked it Aktagawa The next account is delivered by a traveling Buddhist priest.

In a Grove by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

In the husband’s account he acts like a samurai. D the TVtitled “In a Grove”, deals with a similarly confusing mix of truth and lies, reality and pretense.

But the truth of the answer cannot be known. In a Grove is definitely a must-read short story. He was walking toward Sekiyama with a woman accompanying him on horseback, who I have since learned was his wife.

The story brings about seven accounts of testimonies and confessions of the seven who are supposed to be involved, directly or peripherally, to a murder that happened in particular grove in the mountains.

May 12, My rated it it was amazing Shelves: Since the film gave me the absurd idea of merging these reviews, it is only fair to say that Kurosawa’s approach differs a bit from Akutagawa’s story, where ambiguity controls every aspect of it. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. View all 24 comments. Great care is taken to make each of these incompatible accounts fit the external evidence and mesh with the other accounts.