Translated by Takashi Kojima. The Testimony of a Woodcutter Questioned by a High Police Commissioner. Yes, sir. Certainly, it was I who found the body. The In a Grove Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, by Ryunosuke Akutagawa. IN A GROVE (Yabo no naka) Source for information on In a Grove (Yabo no Naka ) by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Reference Guide to Short Fiction dictionary.

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I would definitely recommend this short story, which is very similar to the Kurosawa film in the main particulars of the case and how it is revealed. The second main character, Masago betrays her husband, Takehiko. The author, Ryunosuke indirectly characterizes Tajomaru. Tajomaru will be executed for the crimes, and all is resolved, save that the woman is still missing.

I remember being both amused and mystified by the incongruity of the plot and how the movie had left me wanting to pull my hair strands unnecessarily—a bad habit whenever I mull over things—because it drastically ended without any definitive conclusion. I like this story because the reader has no idea what the truth is and will never know.

The story is of an event. October Learn how and when to remove this template message. She begs the police to find her daughter.

In both Browning and Akutagawa different witnesses tell what they know about a crime in an attempt to discover the truth through a judicial process.

During the duel, Masago fled. It is the part I loved the most since it allowed me to take a glimpse at Akutagawa’s beautiful and poignant writing, something that could not exist in the previous attempt i describe cold, hard facts.


All Aktagawa saw was the color of her clothes, a lilac-colored suit. As Tajomaru says tthe justifying killing, even the rich men kill, albeit by different means that is in a more socially acceptable way they are killing poor people. The high police commissioner’s involvement ends. Rashomon The Outrage The Outrage First, Tajomaru lies on his confession because he wants to remain as a man who fought for justice and beat a samurai, not as a notorious brigand; he wants to be remembered this way as a strong and just hero.

It also entices the readers to really think and guess about the true order of events and the real murderer.

In a Grove by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

A lie works as a mechanism of self-preservation for most people. To view it, click here. Together with the criminal, accounts of a woodcutter, a traveling buddhist priest, a policeman, an old woman, the murdered man, and the murdered man’s wife come up and complete the complexity of the story.

Maybe it was because the book was set in the early 20th century and times were different but still View all 9 comments. The story opens with the account of a woodcutter who has found a man’s body in the woods. Are they lying on their statements? In this part, the author indirectly characterizes Takehiko. Look for a summary or analysis of this Story. Feb 28, kohey rated it it was amazing.

I first did not like this short story, and gave it two stars, mainly because, as they are by definition, short stories are short and I wanted to keep on reading and was left hungry for more.


He says that he met them on the road in the forest, and upon first seeing Masago, decided that he was going to rape her. The demystifying, corrosive interpretation Kurosawa offers is consistent with Akutagawa’s satiric vision in such stories as “Rashomon” itself and in “In a Grove.

We are given the details of the case by a wood-cutter and a priest, who come across the murder scene, and recall seeing a young man and woman travelling that way.

Tajomaru lies on his confession because he wants to be remembered as a man who has fought for justice and beaten a samurai, Takehiko after he dies.

Little did I expect that he would meet such a fate. I found only a rope at the root of a cedar near by.

In a Grove

Nonetheless, in the end, I suppose they were all guilty as they were victims. If you haven’t read it yet, well, I’m telling you to read it right now and you will never regret it. I am not one of them. If he refuses the challenge, he refuses the difficulty of reaching truth by denying its possibility.

The testimonies culminate in Tajomaru’s confession. After that, Tajomaru requests to remember that no one has ever fought with him twenty iin 4.

There is the plot story the murder of a samuraithe premise i. In the husband’s account he acts like a samurai.