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The Horror A horror more terrible then fires - wars - epidemics - or bandits this overwhelming horror is the weak character of man the distrust and selfishness feeding each characters continual suspicion of his fellow man always expecting the worst of them The priest describes this horrific human trait and the world it creates with but a few lines Its horrible If men do not tell the truth do not trust one another then the earth becomes hell indeed This lack of honesty toward man is shown throughout each characters stories each unable to talk about themselves without embellishing and constantly creating lies to make them feel that they re better people then they really are It even shows this need for flattering falsehood going eyond the grave as the dead samurai Takehiro holds onto his lies in a vain effort to maintain what little honor he has left The horror of the human nature eventually dominates every character from the bandit the ommon man as well as the wood cutter who believes in doing the right thing who then in turn steals from the scene of a bloody murder and then is abashed by his guilt feeling of the action he has committed and then finally the horror touches upon the priest who insists on believing in the better nature of man but is consumed by this horror and becomes aware of his own lack of charity and suspicion toward others The Child Although the introduction of a baby is unprepared for and does not emerge out of the plot rather it
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