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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