Princess Mononoke
A Tale of Conflict and Harmony

Princess Mononoke: Ashitaka and San

Princess Mononoke: San
What types of conflict are symbolically presented in the movie?
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Hii-sama (Emishi Shaman)
Tradition vs. Modernity
Iron Town
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Kodama
Nature vs. Industrialization
Ladies working the bellows
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Moro (the wolf kami)
Kami vs. Humans
Lady Eboshi shooting at Moro the wolf
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Iron Town women shooting guns
Women vs. Men
Iron Town men
 
Princess Mononoke: San
How do the various characters represent different perspectives on these conflicts?
 
The Kami

 
Kodama
Shishigami/Daidarabotchi
Daidarabotchi: the Nightwalker
 
Boar with "pollution" (tsumi/kegare)
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Lady Eboshi fighting Princess Mononoke
Lady Eboshi
 
Lady Eboshi with a gun
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Princess Mononoke riding a wolf
Princess Mononoke (San)
 
Princess Mononoke riding a wolf
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Prince Ashitaka with pollution (tsumi/kegare) on arm
Prince Ashitaka
 
Prince Ashitaka riding his red elk Yakul
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What’s the moral of the story?
Can humans live in harmony with nature/kami?
Can tradition coexist with modernity?
 
Ashitaka and San
environmental yin-yang
Iron Town building on fiew in a whirlwind
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