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.
What does the Rashomon gate symbolize in the story Rashomon? How does the gate reflect the servant's own state of mind?
What In the Bamboo Grove say about unreliable narration? How can the court get to the truth?
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?
What is the moral of the Spider Thread story? What does this moral of the story say about the Buddhist religion.?
What does the Hell Screen express about art and the artist? What examples are there...
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