Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories - Hell Screen Summary & Analysis

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Hell Screen Summary

The narrator is a servant for the Lord of Harikawa. He is known far and wide as a great man. A great many rumors and tall tales surround him, including that he survived a battle with goblins without a single scratch, and that he exorcised a ghost that had been haunting a mansion. The most fantastic and frightening tale, however, is the tale of the Hell Screen.

The painter who creates the Hell Screen is a painter named Yoshihide. He is a cruel and arrogant man, but widely considered (especially by himself) to be the greatest painter in the land. In some ways he moves and looks like a monkey, and so behind his back people call him "Monkeyhide."

Yoshihide has a very fair and beautiful daughter, whom he is very protective of. She figures into an event concerning a local...

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