Outline Izaiah Asher

Format for Outline

I. Introduction

A. Hook: Samurai were most of the time extremely loyal. They practiced a method called Seppuku or was also called Harkiri where they would cut open their stomachs committing suicide to show honor instead of falling in the enemies hands.

B. Bridge: That's just an example of how loyal they were. Samurais had a number of practices they did out of loyalty. They also kept order in society and were the ones to fight in the Japanese wars.

C. Thesis Statement: Samurais were a major part of Japanese culture and history and have a rich history but often people have many misconceptions about how they were actually like.

II. First subtopic: The samurai sword

A. Topic Sentence: A common misconception is that many people think the samurai sword was their main weapon, but it was actually bows, spears, and later on guns that decided most battles (Fabian Drixler, Robert George, Samurai and the Cultures of japans great peace pg 15)

  1. supporting evidence #1: Many people admired the samurai sword for its beauty and mystery of its craftsmanship and people often paid lots of money for them. "One Italians visitor to Japan noted the his host paid 4,500 ducats for a single famous sword-16 times its weight in gold
  2. supporting evidence #2:A samurai carried his sword or swords around to show their status. Quite often they would be at their homes too so they could impress visitors with their family's history and rank. They could also sometimes gave it away as a gift.
  3. supporting evidence #3: The swords were among the sharpest and toughest in the world. Today they would even be considered impressive feats of engineering. Over a long time through trial and error they were able to create a beautiful and powerful sword

B. Concluding Statement: The samurai sword remains as one of the greatest swords not only because of its sharp blade sturdy blade but also because of their sheer beauty.

III. Second subtopic:Samurais way of life

A. Topic Sentence: Samurais followed the Bushido, a strict way of life for samurai stressing loyalty and honor for their country and family. It had 7 virtues to follow. They were not always loyal and could sometimes even be disloyal to their Shoguns.

  1. supporting evidence #1:Samurais were trained from birth in fighting and they learned to become masters of the bow
  2. supporting evidence #2:Samurais wives often stayed at home and had the role of raising the children and had to make sure they were brought up with the proper samurai ways.
  3. supporting evidence #3:Samurais were always busy, in a typical day they would wake up eat, meditate, train, and then go collect taxes, or guard land for their Daimyo (one of the great lords-shogun)

B. Concluding Statement:Samurais lived a very busy and eventful life and were always following the Bushido.

IV. Third subtopic:Samurai historical moments

A. Topic Sentence:Samurais were around for a long time. From about the early 1100s to the late 1800s

  1. supporting evidence #1: Weapons and armour began to develop around 660 bc but the first shogun Minamoto Yoritomo until 1185. Shogun was a military leader and Minamoto started to set up his samurai government giving samurais certain rights such being allowed to carry your sword in public etc.
  2. supporting evidence #2: Guns were introduced to the samurai in about mid 1500s and were now one of their more used weapons along with their bows and spears
  3. supporting evidence #3: In 1867 Emperor Mutsuhito regained power then a year later introduced the five articles of oath which began ending the samurais. Later he also made it so anyone can join the army and in 1876 he ended samaurais by passing a law that you couldn't wear your sword around.

B. Concluding Statement:Samurais had a rich history and were a major part of Japanese history and in martial arts teachings they still teach many lessons samurais were taught.

V. Conclusion: A restatement of the main points of your paper:

A. 1st Point:Samurai sword misconceptions

B. 2nd Point:Samurais way of life

C. 3rd point:Historical moments for samurai

D. Interesting Ending:

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