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  • The Samurai and the Bushido Code Essay

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    if the samurai was not killed by his opponent, he had to commit seppuku. Seppuku, also known as harakiri, is when a samurai must commit suicide by stabbing a knife into his abdomen and disemboweling himself. A kinsmen or friend would then cut off their heads. Seppuku was seen as more honorable than getting captured in battle or being forgiven from dishonor by an upper rank (Clark 5). It was also seen as more honorable to commit seppuku than dishonor the Bushido Code. Bushido comes from medieval Japan

  • Spartan Life Essay

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    agoge where Spartan warriors were forged, while the samurai were cultivated and refined. Samurai, like Spartans, lived and died for their honor. Defeat or dishonor often meant the death of the Samurai due to a ritualistic suicidal practice known as seppuku, or hara-kiri. This involved the disemboweling one’s self in order to regain their honor. There was a sharp difference in where loyalties lied between the two groups. The Spartans were nationalists who dedicated their services to the state. The Samurai

  • How does Yukio Mishima portray Glory

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    How does Yukio Mishima portray Glory The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with The Sea is a story about a 13 year old boy, Noboru who had lost his father 5 years ago. His mother, Fusako owns a luxurious clothing store and lives a lonely life as a widow. Noboru is part of a gang that is led by another 13 year old boy called “The Chief”. Instead of referring to one another by their names, in the gang, every member is referred to as Number One, Number Two and so forth. Noboru and the gang participates

  • The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea: True Order Exists in the Exposed Core

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    The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea: True Order Exists in the Exposed Core The seas refuse to obey any of man's laws. Winds, storms and currents shift and distort the massive waters, shaping the land that lies within them. Unexplored in regions, the black depths mimic dormancy prior to rising up at unpredictable moments of torrential strength. The ocean's murder, rape and disregard of life is not punishable by any law or code of morality, and in Yukio Mishima's The Sailor Who Fell from

  • Suicide And The World War II

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    Abstract: Suicide is prevalent in many countries, but the majority of these cases are hidden away because of the stigmas associated with suicide. In other countries though, suicide has been and may still be revered as an honorable act, the sacrifice of oneself for an important reason. This self-sacrifice is most prevalent is the Japanese culture, where these ritualistic suicides were seen in the codes of samurai to the kamikazes of World War II. The rates of suicide have been increasing over the

  • The True Story Of The 47 Ronin And The Ako Incident

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    exhibited values the people of Japan still find important. The first value the 47 Ronin displayed was righteousness. When the 47 Ronin were charged and sentenced, it was their righteousness that permitted them the honor of committing suicide by seppuku. The Ako Incident showed the contradiction between morality and law, which is a central concept in Confucianism. (McMullen) Even though they were righteous, they were still guilty of committing a crime and they needed to “preserve the law of the realm”

  • Patriotism By Yukio Mishima

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    ukio Mishima, a Japanese rebel who wanted his government to bring back imperial power and samurai traditions back to Japan soon after the ending of world war 2. As past traditions had been overrun by more westernized influences which Mishima had believed lacked courage and principles. All resulting in Mishima committing ritual suicide in the commander’s office soon after taking the commander hostage and addressing the local garrison from the commander’s balcony. Although Mishima had took his life

  • Film Analysis of Twilight Samurai

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    Introdution Twilight Samurai is a movie that revolves around the live of a samurai, years before the Meiji Restoration. The main issues that the movie looked at include stereotype of samurais, genders and social class differences. Unlike many typical samurai-themed movies which involve fighting, woman and pride, the director of Twilight Samurai focused on the everyday life and difficulties faced by the main protagonist, Iguchi Seibei. His story was told by her daughter, Ito who narrated the whole

  • The Fine Art of Seppuku

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    Seppuku is a Japanese suicide ritual. It is a “unique phenomenon only existing in Japan” (Li Jian-jun). “The word seppuku comes from the words setsu ‘to cut’ and fuku ‘abdomen’” (Kallie Szczepanski). This exquisite ritual was most common in the samurai, it gave the samurai an honorable death, and honor was the most important thing to a samurai. Samurai means “one who serves” and his main duty was to give faithful service to his feudal lord (Kallie Szczepanski). Seppuku is a stylized and strict ritualized

  • Essay on The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima

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    Customs and beliefs is what make up a tradition, and tradition is the way one lives their life. In the novel, The Sound of Waves, Yukio Mishima exposed his own view on Japanese traditionalism. Throughout this novel, it is shown that Yukio Mishima believed that Japanese tradition consists of an organized social class, the Bushido code, and going after what one truly believes should be theirs. Mishima illustrated these personal views of Japanese traditionalism through the actions of the Shinji.