Perception in rashomon

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Perception in rashomon

  1. 1. NonBunpetch Mr. Clover,SeniorSeminarP.7 9/22/10 Perception in Rashomon Thingsaren’talwayswhatit seems.Whoknows,maybe everythingaroundusrightnow aren’t real.Perceptioncanbe definedasanawarenessof thingsusingourfive senses;whichare sight,sound, touch,taste,and smell.Itisone of the fourwaysof knowing,alongsidewithreason,language,and emotion.The movie RashomonbyAkiraKurosawaisastoryfollowingamurderandrape case, inwhich duringthe investigation,all foursuspectsclaimsto be the murderand eachtellsa differentstory. Morris’sviewof howtruth and realityisabsolute fitswiththe movie RashomonbetterthanEbert’sview of truthand realitybecause inthe movie there isonlyone true story, Common-Sense Realism, and Plato’sCave. In the movie, althoughKurosawashowedusdifferentviewsof the storyandhow people can interpretthingsdifferently,inthe end,there isonlyone truth. AsMorrisstatedthat “What really surprisedme onre-watchingRashomonisthatyouknow whatreallyhappenedatthe end.It’spretty damnclear. Kurosawagivesyouthe piecesof evidence thatallow youtofigure outwhatreally happened.”Kurosawashowedusinthe endthatthe woodcutterisa goodguy bytakingthe baby, sohe wouldn’tlie abouthisstory.Morrisbelieve thattruthexists, butpeople justdon’thave vestedinterest inknowit; as powerfullyexemplifiedbyRashomonwiththe courtnot beingable tosolve the murder case inthe end. Commonsense realismisatheorythatsupportsMorris’sview of realityandtruth.Common sense realismstatesthatwhatreallyhappened,happened;the actof observationdoesnotaffectof
  2. 2. whatis observed.Whichinthe movie Rashomon,itissimplyfourdifferentobservations of the case,but that doesnotaffectwhat reallyhappen,asonlyone truthoccurred.That connectswithMorris interpretationof truthashe statedthat “there’snoobjective truth,justsubjectivetruth.”Onlyone truth andrealityexist. Plato’sCave alsohelpssupportMorris’sview inthe movie Rashomon.Plato’scave isastoryin whichthe prisonersof the cave are bindso thattheycan onlylookatthe wall,andsee the shadowsof things.The prisonersare livinginalie theirwhole life anddonot know it.In the movie Rashomon,Itcan be compared that the author triedto state the court islivinginside the cave,notknowingthe truth,only seeingpeople’sinterpretationof thingsjustlikethe shadowsonthe wall.Tofindthe absolute truthand realitytheyhave togo outside the cave,andsee whatreallyhappened.Morrisalsobelievesthatthere is an absolute truthandreality,youcannotsimplyfindoutbyjustlisteningtowhatotherpeople say. But there issome falsehoodinMorris’sview of Rashomon.If Kurosawawantedtoshow that there isonlyone truth,he wouldhave hadstatedsoin the end,butyet,he didnot.It wouldalsobe likelythatKurosawatriedtostate that there are differenttruthsdependingonpeople’sinterpretation, as supportedbyrelativismandempiricism.Relativismstatesthattruthisrelative,andmaybe different for differentindividualsorfordifferentcultures. AndEmpiricismstatesall knowledge isbasedon perceptual experience,soif someone observed,heard, smelled,orfeltsomething,itisknowledge. Both theoriescontradictedMorris’sviewontruthandreality. Morris viewof truthand realityfitwell withthe movie Rashomontoacertainextent.Theories and evidence thatsupportsMorris’sview are inthe endthere isonlyone real story,common-sense realism,andPlato’sCave.All of these basicallystatesthatonlyone absolutetruthandrealityexist.But there are also theoriesthatcontradictMorris’sview suchasthe reasonof the story, relativism,and empiricism.All statingthatperceptioncause differentviewsthusendingindifferenttruthandreality.

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