Briefly compare/contrast the reliable and unreliable narrators. In Ryūnosuke Aku
Briefly compare/contrast the reliable and unreliable narrators. In Ryūnosuke Akutagawa’s “In a Grove,” there are seven different narrators, all of whom give a different account of what transpired in the bamboo grove. Are these narrators reliable or unreliable? Why? What are the motives behind the different characters' accounts of what happened in the grove? (comment on Takehiko’s, Masago’s, and Tajamaru’s motives, in particular). Are all the narrators equally unreliable or is there a narrator who is more trustworthy than the rest, in your opinion? What makes you think so? Why did the author choose to tell the story of Takehiko's murder through various testimonies, all of which contradict one another? Why does the author choose to never reveal who was the true murderer?

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