Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories - Study Guide The Story of a Head That Fell Off, and Green Onions Summary & Analysis

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The Story of a Head That Fell Off:

A Chinese warrior named Xiao-er is fighting in a battle when something slams deep into his neck. Knowing he's been cut, he drops his sword and clings to his horse, which gallops well away from the battlefield until the din of battle can no longer be heard.

As the horse is traveling, Xiao-er believes he is dying, and so he endures a multitude of emotions, from hatred of the countries fighting (Japan and China), to wanting his mother and father, to hating himself for letting someone cut him. At this point some low-hanging willow branches knock Xiao-er off his horse, seemingly unconscious.

He awakes in a sort of near-death state. He is in the country where he had been...

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