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In A Grove

by Ryunosuke Akutagawa

Dianne Gabriel

on 25 November 2012

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Transcript of In A Grove

SUBJECT Ryunosuke Akutagawa IN A GROVE PLOT FORM Arrangement of the Story TONE Narrative Crime done to Takehiko | Murder= Seeking for the truth it is in a way suitable because it is in the grove where everything happened. The grove served as the center of everything in the story. Father of Japanese Short Story a strong opponent of naturalism final works include: Kappa (1927)
Haguruma ("Spinning Gears", 1927)
Aru ah no issh ("A Fool's Life"), and the Bungeiteki na, amari ni bungeiteki na ("Literary, Much Too Literary", 1927) The plot is simply the juxtaposition of contradictory accounts of the events in the grove. It is not a detective or mystery plot. Not about who done it or about the truth of what happened. Simply a presentation of the differing accounts of the same event by the Woodcutter, the Buddhist Priest, the Old Woman, the Robber, the Wife and the Husband. There is no resolution. CHARACTERS: There is no main character. Each of the characters tells a story that about what happened in the grove. However, the story is not about the characters--who's lying, who's truthful WoodCutter Policeman Old Woman Tajomaru Masago Takehiko POLICE COMMISSIONER Non-linear Ending of the Story Open-ended MOOD Curious | Interested POINT OF VIEW The form of the story is seven dramatic monologues THEME unreliabilility of eye-witnesses
commentary on the self-interested narture of story-telling References: http://home.roadrunner.com/~jhartzog/inagroveanalysis.html
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