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The Rashomon effect is a sociological term that originated from the 1950 film Rashomon directed by Akira Kurosawa. It explains a story being told from multiple vantage points, but never gives an unbiasedly true version of the tale at its conclusion. By telling the story from multiple perspectives, characters who would originally be silenced such as the bride are given a voice. Telling the story in this format allows the audience to consider peoples’ perspectives that differ from their own. Without giving the audience the true conclusion of an incident this demands that they consider every aspect of a story and that they analyze what biases they themselves hold. I propose that while the audience must analyze their own biases, they must also recognize the relationship of humanity and validation given through names in the texts to these people who are often silenced.


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