Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Why does the author list Rashomon, In a Bamboo Grive and the Nose under the heading A World Under Decay? Choose one of the stories in this section and examine what it says about the flaws in human nature.

Essay Topic 2

What does the Rashomon gate symbolize in the story Rashomon? How does the gate reflect the servant's own state of mind?

Essay Topic 3

What In the Bamboo Grove say about unreliable narration? How can the court get to the truth?

Essay Topic 4

Why does E'in falsely prophesize that a dragon will rise from the pond? What meaning does it give the story that his prophecy comes true? What would have happened if his lie was found out?

Essay Topic 5

What is the moral of the Spider Thread story? What does this moral of the story say about the Buddhist religion.?

Essay Topic 6

What does the...

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