Muddy Road

             “Lessons Carried Across the Road”
             In the story of “Muddy Road” we are introduced to two monks, which the author, who is anonymous, develops these two characters Tanzan and Ekido. These two monks do not share the same beliefs as one another. The story starts off with two monks walking down a muddy road in the middle of a rain shower. As the monks approach a turn in the road they spot a beautiful young girl who is trying to cross the road but doesn’t want to get all muddy, because she is in her nice silk kimono and sash. Tanzan sees that the girl is in need of help and he does the proper thing to do and carries her across the road. After Tanzan carries the young girl across the road, Ekido is speechless. When the two monks reach the temple Ekido and Tanzan begin to argue about the recent encounter with the young girl. Lastly the author finishes the story with Tanzan asking a question to Ekido and leaving the reader to question what happens next.
             The author uses an argument to show that even monks have different values. The writer also utilizes the appearance and behavior of the two characters to alter the way the reader views them. The literary device that the author uses to make the young girl a temptation in the short story “Muddy Road,” is symbolic. He does so by placing a young, beautiful girl in the pouring rain in a silk kimono. The theme of this story is that everyone needs help. Its common sense, you have to think for yourself and do the right thing. Whether you’re a male or female, black or white, it doesn’t matter. If someone is in need of help you should help them out.
             The argument between Tanzan and Ekido comes up when Tanzan helps a lovely girl across the muddy road to safety. This act of kindness should be no harm for Tanzan, but Ekido thinks it is totally forbidden for a monk to have contact with a young girl. Ekido is so upset that he is speechless the rest of the way home. Once they reach the tem...

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