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Funny how it's theme is similar to Man Who Shot Liberty Valance


Both resolve themselves to convenient myth. One is to conceal shame, the other to avoid complication.

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Interesting observation.

However, I'd say the lie at the heart of Liberty Valance ("When the legend becomes fact, print the legend") more than sparing shame to a single man, is intended to benefit the People and help create an idea of justice the country can build its foundations on. A Noble Lie if you will.

Whereas the lie at the end of Seppuku only serves the powers that be and helps maintain the status quo.

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Absurd...

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