Have you ever heard of a law that make you put your mother on the mountain? Surprisingly, in some countries at the past, this law existed. This story, “The Aged Mother” is about a person who made the law and a son and mother which needs to obey the law. In the book “The Aged Mother”by Matsuo Basho, one of the main character, emperor changed from harsh to generous by different events that happened inside story.
At the beginning of the story, the emperor is pretty harsh.To know how much he was harsh, the emperor was very harsh enough to say, “The entire province was given strict orders to immediately put to death all aged people” (Matsuo 1) because they had “great and cowardly shrinking from anything suggestive of failing health and strength” (1) this leads to the idea that emperor is cruel because because the law that emperor made, the son needed to put his mother in mountain or wise, the emperor will kill his mother and him.
After lots of events happened and heard the son’s story and saw his mom, emperor became more generous. After the emperor demanded to farmer “the truth must me told!”(2), the farmer told him what actually happened. After the emperor heard the mother of the son, he abolished the law that old people shouldn’t exist. This shows that emperor became more generous enough to abolish the law and show mercy to the mother and her son.
To sum up, even though emperor was harsh before, he changed to be generous and merciful after seeing the son and the mother and hearing and understanding their story