"The 47 Ronin" Analytical Essay by Research Group

"The 47 Ronin"
A review of the Japanese fable of the story of "The 47 Ronin."
# 26559 | 815 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on May 09, 2003 in Literature (World) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines how the loyalty of the Samurai is a central issue in the story of "The 47 Ronin," a well-known Japanese fable that has been told in many different versions. It is best-known as a Japanese puppet play known as "Chushingura" in which the issue of loyalty is explored and has also been the subject of several films. It discusses how the story takes place in the Tokugawa period of Japanese history and evaluates how loyalty is the motivation for the actions of the ronin, the samurai who serve Lord Asano who first avenge his death and then suffer their own punishment for it. It looks at how In doing so, they show loyalty not only to Lord Asano but also to their traditions as embodied in the Code of Bushido.

From the Paper:

"The 47 ronin are ordered to commit seppuku, or ritual disembowelment, after they kill a corrupt court official they hold responsible for bringing about the death of their master, Lord Asano. Asano before them had been ordered to commit seppuku because he ran afoul of the politics of the Edo court. Asano as actually too innocent to see that he was causing his own downfall and that of his family. He was from the country and did not understand the ways of the court, and he suffered for it. Even though some might say he was his own worst enemy, the samurai who are part of his clan take their own responsibility toward him very seriously. It is not up to them to judge him or his actions but only to serve the family, and this they do too well. "

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