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In A Grove
Transcript of In A Grove
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