The Rape of Nanking Setting & Symbolism

Iris Chang
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Nanking

Nanking, a city in China, was the site of a massive killing spree and rape of Chinese citizens at the hands of the Japanese during World War II.

Yangtze River

The Yangtze River, which surrounding Nanking, was the site of many mass executions, resulting in a river of bodies outside of the city.

Shintoism

Shintoism, the faith of many Japanese people, is the belief that the Emperor is the only true ruler of the world. Many believe this religious faith lent to the mindset of the Japanese soldiers in their attempt to completely destroy the population of Nanking.

Samurai

The samurai is an ancient fighter for the emperor. The Samurai code, that of the willing death of the soldier for the life of the Emperor, is believed to be another cause of the Rape of Nanking.

Suzhou

The city of Suzhou, which was prized for its silk...

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