Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories Topics for Discussion

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Choose a story with an unreliable narrator. Provide specific examples when this unreliable narrator is present in the story. How do these instances alter our understanding of the core story?

Based upon "Dr. Ogata Ryosai: Memorandum" and "O-Gin," how does Akutagawa feel about organized religion?

What values does Akutagawa seem to value or hold in high esteem?

What about the structure and content of "The Life of a Stupid Man" and/or "Spinning Gears" is the result of a modernist approach?

Is there a lesson to be learned from the conclusion of "The Writer's Craft"? What is Akutagawa stressing about the nature of writing?

"The Nose" and "Dragon" feature protagonists with ridiculously huge noses; similarly, "Horse Legs" features a man with horse legs, and "The Story of a Head That Fell Off" features a deep neck wound and unnerving decapitation. What are the meanings of these physical...

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