The Last Samurai

Topics: Samurai, The Last Samurai, Boshin War Pages: 3 (761 words) Published: November 28, 2012
1) Japan. The end of XIX century, Capt. Nathan Algren(main character), an American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country's first army of the rising sun to contemporary art of warfare. The Emperor is trying to eradicate the ancient Imperial warrior class of samurai, in preparation for a more pro-Western government policies supporting foreign trade. Meanwhile, as a result of collisions with the samurai, Algren finds himself in the center of the confrontation of two worlds and civilizations, where the only way to survive is guided by its own concept of honor.

2) Nathan Algren: What do you want?
Katsumoto: To know my enemy.
Nathan Algren: I've seen what you do to your enemies.
Katsumoto: Warriors in your country do not kill?
Nathan Algren: They don't cut the heads off defeated, kneeling men. Katsumoto: General Hasegawa asked me to help him end his life. A samurai cannot stand the shame of defeat. I was honored to cut off his head. Katsumoto: And who was your general?

Nathan Algren: Don't you have a rebellion to lead?
Katsumoto: People in your country do not like conversation?
Nathan Algren: He was a lieutenant colonel. His name was Custer. Katsumoto: I know this name. He killed many warriors.
Nathan Algren: Oh, yes. Many warriors.
Katsumoto: So he was a good general.
Nathan Algren: No. He wasn't a good general. He was arrogant and foolhardy. And he got massacred because he took a single battalion against two thousand angry Indians. Katsumoto: Two thousand Indians? How many men for Custer?

Nathan Algren: Two hundred and eleven.
Katsumoto: I like this General Custer.
Nathan Algren: He was a murderer who fell in love with his own legend. And his troopers died for it. Katsumoto: I think this is a very good death.
Nathan Algren: Well, maybe you can have one just like it someday. 3) Differences between the two cultures of these countries are very strong as we can see...
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