Summer Reading: In A Grove by Akutagawa

It makes me think about the effect it has when more than one person knows your shame and the bad side of you, like how it can eat you up inside, ex. In this story the wife doesn’t want both men to share the pain so she kills him, the robber kills him, and he kills himself. I don’t really the know who actually killed him. Why does the wife care so much about shame? Where is the wife now? Why didn’t the wife or the robber take the horse to run away easier? It’s written like a stenographer and probably through all the interrogations they had the person typing this all out, with a new header for a different person and the text they said following afterwards.

2 thoughts on “Summer Reading: In A Grove by Akutagawa”

  1. Hi Jack! I think it is interesting how you talked about “shame.” Perhaps it is something about Japanese culture that focuses so much on shame…? There are alternatives that can result in the survival of both the wife and the husband, but maybe the custom is that the wife indulges in feeling shameful. It is quite confusing but I liked it so much. Great job!!

  2. Good effort on your post Jack. I liked the questions you raised. However, I would have liked to see you elaborate on why you think the story was written like a stenographer, and start your post with the post you are talking about even if it is in the title. Nice post!

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