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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Andrew Villwock rated it it was amazing Feb 21, Shut outside, she is attacked in the dark by two men who steal her hair pins and combs and cut off her hair. It’s definitely of its time and it reads like a novel but retainwrs also incredibly exciting. One man at the side of the stage, the Tayu, accompanied by a samisen player, recites all the parts as well as his part of narrator.

The many moments when a Noh play intensifies its language to high poetry are absent in this play. Kampei, now a penniless ronin, hopes to raise enough trsasury to find justice for his fallen lord. This traditional virtue, as exemplified in Chushingura, has never completely lost its hold on audiences, in spite of twentieth-century changes in Japanese society and moral ideas. It is hard to imagine this performed with puppets. Kanpei finds the body but cannot see who it is in the darkness.

Lots of drama and suicides, I doubt I would read this if it hasn’t been assigned.

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Finding the end of the letter torn off, he realises that yet another person knows his secret and he must silence them both. Copyrights Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: However, these sequences have been restored with new technology. He has even sent his wife, Osono, to her father’s so that she would be out of the way.


On a higher balcony Okaru comes out to cool herself in the evening breeze and, noticing Yuranosuke close by, she also reads the letter reflected in her mirror. Hana no Maki, Yuki no Maki. Retrieved from ” https: Yuranosuke, to keep Moronao off guard, pretends to have sunken into dishonor and debauchery. Oct 30, Kathryn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Browse all BookRags Study Guides. A classic story still prevalent in Japanese literature today.

It is filled with action and wit. No trivia or quizzes yet. Yuranosuke and his men depart for their ship. They wanted a ferocious morale booster based upon the familiar rekishi geki “historical drama” of “The Loyal 47 Ronin”. So it would only seem natural that his retainers would practice the same thing. Follow Us on Facebook. He tests Yuranosuke’s resolve by offering him food on the anniversary of their lord’s death when he should be fasting. Gihei agrees, thinking that his wife has betrayed him.

Yuranosuke has a close call when Kudayu overhears a portion of his plans. Reading theater, as opposed to seeing it performed as intended, is problematic – one can only appreciate certain aspects of the piece. The league finds Moronao and beheads him with Lord Hangan’s dagger.

Early Confucianism emphasized loyalty, the moral way and objection and legitimate execution of wrongdoers. Honzo confesses his sins and asks for forgiveness.

The old rules of deep loyalty to their master were still important but a new system was becoming stronger: Want to Read saving…. This story of duty resolutely carried out to the chushingurra extreme lengths resonated within the core of the Japanese people and became the basis for a nearly boundless waterfall of plays, novels and films.

Parts of the original film were destroyed when fire broke out during the production.

Thus, they had to look to Confucian texts to justify their vendetta. Act X is only rarely performed but provides a realistic interim performed in the sewamono style between Yuranosuke setting out at the end of Act IX and the final vendetta. No one would take a wife with hair as short as a nun’s. Gradually, the actors are revealed in hhe of the Hachiman Shrine in Kamakura slumped over like lifeless puppets.


I do not read many chushinura, but I was able to be enveloped in the story and was so compelled by it that I finished it the day that I started it.

Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: A Puppet Play Summary & Study Guide

He holds the bloody dagger with which his lord killed himself and licks it as an oath to carry out his lord’s dying wish. I would definitely recommend Chushingura to anyone who has a love of Japan or who find samurai interesting. Of all the renditions and translations of this classic tales, this is the best. But not only that, at the same time it’s full with love, fights, betrayal, braveness and sacrifice – a compelling story to read even nowadays.

Secret Memoirs of the Shoguns: Moreover, as Professor Keene points out, the excitement, color chyshingura violence expressed in the play may be considered the counterpoint to the austere restraint and understatement which are more commonly thought to be “traditionally” Japanese.

Chushingura, the Treasury of Loyal Retainers: A Puppet Play Summary & Study Guide

In the twentieth century, cinema and television versions have been equally successful. The operators are silent. View the Study Pack.

Anna rated it liked it Nov 16, So happy to have finally found a copy of this play. Quaid Khan rated it liked it Oct 25, Now imagine that this play would be at the center of your culture