IJSRP, Volume 11, Issue 2, February 2021 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Ireneo S. Pelayo, M.E. S.
This paper does a comparative analysis of the two major characters in the story, Muddy Road. On a higher note, it endeavors to expound truths in life that the two characters represent. More so, it seeks to determine the values drawn from the truths the story communicates to the readers. Detailed discussion focuses on the similarities and differences exhibited by the two monks through their actions as well as their speech. Tanzan and Ekido are both monks belonging to the same religious order who are confronted with a situation that puts to the test their being such. Zs their law provides, they are prohibited from coming in contact with people, especially women. In the story, Tanzan helps a pretty girl in silk kimono cross a muddy road, By so doing, he breaks their law. A closer look atTanzan’s character shows him to be the type of person who could extend genuine kindness to people who need it even if it goes to the extent of breaking their law. Ekido’s character on the other hand is seen as the epitome of hypocrisy and malice . Outwardly, he did keep their law by not extending a helping hand to the girl. Inwardly, however, he lusted for the girl.