Momotaro and Origin of Silkworm | Essay

Momotaro being a traditional Japanese folktale paint the rise of the child Momotaro to being a lord. Young hero model is used throughout the story in portraying Momotaro as a strong leader whose humble origins offer him a laid back demeanor. Studying the story one expects the protagonist to be driven in his resolution in order to fulfill his destiny; however, he is reserved and well mannered because he lives among the common people. In this sense, Momotaro’s lifestyle complements Confucian ideals. When Momotaro is about to leave home to his understanding parents, the scene shows a protagonist who is polite, respectful and apologetic for leaving (Seki, Robert & Richard 42). This helps emphasize the values that the young hero inherited from the unassuming upbringing respect for elders and comprehension of filial piety all of which draw influence from Confucianism.

In the story ‘origin of the silkworm’, the daughter portrays Confucian elements in that she is capable to take good care of her father’s horse long after her father leaves home. The daughter is respectful and polite to his father, values that are cultivated by Confucianism. When the horse runs and brings the daughter’s father home and her father becomes aware of the promise her daughter made to the horse, the father resolves to kill the horse. This is propelled by the Confucian value for human life especially the high-value Confucianism places on the moral life. Moreover, the fact that the daughter’s father killed the horse without even letting her know his reason for killing the horse is an element associated with Confucianism with regard to masculinity.


Works Cited
Seki, Keigo, Robert J. Adams, and Richard M. Dorson. Folktales of Japan. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1963. Print.

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