Han's Crime Discussion Questions

Shiga Naoya
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Do you agree with the judge's verdict of "innocent" in the story? Why or why not? Explain.

Do you agree with Han that his relationship with his wife is responsible for all his problems? From what has her death has "freed" him? Explain.

Read "In A Grove," a short story that concerns the law by Shiga's contemporary and rival, Akutagawa Ryunosuke. Like "Han's Crime," "In A Grove" clearly demonstrates the problems of discovering the truth. Compare the reliability of the narrators in "In A Grove" to Han's reliability in "Han's Crime." Who do you believe more? Why?

Read "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe. Compare the role of the unconscious in "The Tell-Tale Heart" to the unconscious in "Han's Crime."

Do some research on when the United States first introduced the insanity defense. What does it mean to be "not guilty by reason of insanity...

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