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The Story of the Aged Mother

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Russ Martinez

on 26 December 2013

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Transcript of The Story of the Aged Mother

The Story of the Aged Mother
by Matsuo Basho

Plot Summary
“The Story of the Aged Mother” by Matsuo Basho is a story in which a son and his mother’s pain in their battle against the decree of putting aged people to death. The story started at the foot of the mountain where a poor farmer lived with his aged mother. Their place was governed by an absolute leader who sent the decree of killing aged people in that place. That time, killing aged people was not common. When the poor farmer heard the decree he felt sorrow in his heart, since then he prepared an escape. Just as his work ended, he cooked food, wrapped it in a small piece of cloth and tied it in his neck together with cool and sweet water. Then, he carried his mother on his back and started walking towards the summit of Obatsayuma, the mountain of the “abandoning of aged”. On their way to the summit, the helpless mother noticed the dangerous path and thought that her son doesn't know the paths and might pass-through danger so she reached for twigs, snapped them to pieces and quietly dropped them until they reached the summit. The poor farmer released his mother and created comfortable cushion and said his farewell. Before he left her, she told him about the path she made, and then the farmer realized that they need to face the decree together so he carried his mother again on his back and stated walking back. When they arrived back, he told the emperor his story and the emperor listened to his story and abolished the decree.
Depostic Leader
Aged Mother
Man vs. Man
Point Of View
Third person Point of View
at the foot of a mountain somewhere
in Shinano.
Detail 4
Detail 1
Detail 2
Detail 3
Mother's love
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