Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: A Puppet Play Summary & Study Guide includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis, quotes, character. Chūshingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers) has ratings and 24 reviews. Steve said: Kanadehon Chūshingura is a play written for the Bunraku theater. Chūshingura: (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers) by Takeda, Izumo et. al.; 10 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Forty-seven Rōnin.
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The people I brought with me thought it overly long. Yuranosuke is forced to accept. Night has fallen and Yuranosuke, left alone, bids a sad farewell to their mansion. Bloody throughout, hreasury play emphasizes duty, loyalty and honor above all other virtues, which is pretty typical of Japanese culture for centuries.
It’s a great action story and the film is also quite good. He would take his own life to atone for his sin, but Okaru persuades him to wait. Yuranosuke is feigning a life of debauchery at the same teahouse to which Okaru has been indentured.
This play, even more than the classic texts on bushido the way of the samuraibrings home to me the terrible coherence and alienness of a culture willing to sacrifice absolutely everything and everybody to a code of honor in which duty to one’s liege is far and away the highest value, where parents will sell their daughter into prostitution so that their son-in-law will have money to contribute to a monument to his deceased liege and she goes willingly in the chushhingura of her duty to her husband and parentsjust to mention one example of many.
Published April by Columbia University Press first published This play is, in short, fantastic. Also – interesting to imagine it being acted with puppets! Jul 24, Danny rated it really liked tetainers. Scholars during that time used that word to describe people chushingira had given their lives for a greater cause in such a way that they deserved veneration after death.
Thus, yhe had to look to Confucian texts to justify their vendetta.
Yuranosuke and his men reappear and, about to depart, place some chkshingura for Lpyal on an open fan. Infuriated by the interference, Moronao viciously berates the lesser lord, nearly provoking Lord Wakasanosuke to violence. The Japanese military and most audiences found the first part to be too serious, but the studio and Mizoguchi both regarded it as so important that Part Two was put into production, despite Part One’s lukewarm reception. Knowing that he may be linked to the vendetta, Gihei has been preparing by dismissing his staff so that they would not be aware of what he was doing.
One man at the side of the stage, the Tayu, accompanied by a samisen player, recites all the parts as treasuey as his part of narrator. As it stood, it was still a 3 hour play.
Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: A Puppet Play Summary & Study Guide
Read more from the Study Guide. Chushingura is about samurai whose master is forced to commit seppuku ritual suicidemaking them ronin master less samurai. This is a short, Japanese play translated into English which is often referred to as the Forty-Seven Ronin. A rated it it was ok Nov 17, In some texts the 47th ronin dies before the final attack for some reason or another.
The samurai stage a police raid on Gihei’s establishment. But it also resulted in a great variety in the scenes, which has contributed greatly to the dominance of this particular play in the tradition, according to Keene.
Treasurh hundred days, he says, her hair loyxl grow back and she can be reconciled with her husband, Gihei. I would definitely recommend Chushingura to anyone who has a love of Japan or who find samurai interesting.
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Browse all BookRags Study Guides. As chushingurz, the shogun demands that Lord Hangan commit seppuku. The plot is filled with villians and heroes, and even if you aren’t a fan of ritual suicide, much of the characters’ motivations are easy to understand. The play does an amazing job showing the devotion of samurai to their code of ethics and to their masters.
All the more amazing when one considers this play was written for puppets–yet not the puppets we imagine from our Sesame Street childhoods; if you are serious about reading the play, take some lkyal to study the theatrical aspects of the puppetry.
Clair Robson is an historical adventure novel linked to the story by a fictional daughter of the murdered lord, searching for her father’s loyal men so she can take part in the revenge.
I stayed completely enthralled, but then again, I have been studying Japanese literature all quarter and had read the play, so I knew what was happening.
Because they did violate the law by killing Kira Yoshinaka. Feb 01, Ian Miller rated it really liked it.