the last Samurai

“The Last Samurai” Quotes

Plot – The young Emperor of Japan assigns Captain Nathan Algren the task of educating a new conscript army that will flank the Samurai, the dynasty of warriors at the service of the country. When the king’s counselors try to kill the Samurai to establish a westernized government, Algren himself is unexpectedly fascinated and influenced by their ideas, because they remind him of the man he used to be.

Plot: plan, story line Emperor: monarch

assign somebody a task/role: to give someone a particular job or make them responsible for a particular person or thing

conscript somebody into something: to make someone join the army, navy etc

Flank: the side of an army in a battle, or a sports team when playing

warriors: soldier, combatant, fighter, gladiator, man-at-arms counselor: adviser

westernized:  using the customs, behaviour etc typical of the US or Europe fascinated: charmed

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“The Last Samurai” Quotes

1

Katsumoto: You believe a man can change his destiny? - Nathan Algren: I think a man does what he can, until his destiny is revealed.

Destiny: fate, fortune, kismet

Reveal: show

Conceal :hide

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2

“We must resist the Western powers by becoming powerful ourselves. Our army and our economy must be strong.

Resist: oppose, battle, combat, stand up to

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3

Katsumoto: I will die by the sword. My own, or my enemy's.

- Nathan Algren: Then let it be your enemy's.

Sword: a weapon with a long pointed blade and a handle

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4

Japan was made by a handful of brave men. Warriors, willing to give their lives for what seems to have become a forgotten word: honor.

a handful of something :a very small number of people or things

E.g. There were only a handful of people there.

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5

Katsumoto: I like this General Custer.

- Nathan Algren: He was a murderer who fell in love with his own legend. And his troopers died for it. Custer : a US soldier who first became famous in the American civil war. He was killed, with all the men he was in command of, by Native Americans

Murderer: killer

Legend: myth

Trooper : a soldier of the lowest rank in the part of the army that uses tanks or horses swear like a trooper swear a lot

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6

The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life.

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7

Nathan Algren: What else has she told you?

  • Katsumoto: That you have nightmares.
  • Nathan Algren: Every soldier has nightmares.
  • Katsumoto: Only one who is ashamed ofwhat he has done.

Nightmare: bad dream

  • a recurring nightmare

ashamed of/at : feeling very sorry and embarrassed because of something you have done

  • I felt ashamed of the things I’d said to him

8

I like to think he may have at last found some small measure of peace, that we all seek, and few of us ever find.

Peace:   calmness, hush, quiet, tranquillity,  serenity e.g.The country is at peace with its neighbours for the first time in years.

Seek:  to look for someone or something Synonym : look for: ● new graduates seeking employment

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9

“I am surprised to learn that the word Samurai means, 'to serve', and that Katsumoto believes his rebellion to be in the service of the Emperor.”

'to serve: help be at sb’s service Rebellion resistance, revolution, rising, uprising

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10

For 500 bucks a month I'll kill whoever you want. But keep one thing in mind: I'd happily kill you for free.”

Buck : money to make a buck

something that you should deal with Keep sth in mind: remember

for nothing/for free without having to pay for something that you would normally have to pay for: e.g.He offered to fix the car for nothing.

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11

What does it mean to be Samurai? To devote yourself utterly to a set of moral principles. To seek a stillness of your mind. And to master the way of the sword.”

devote yourself to something: dedicate

  • She devoted herself full-time to her business. utterly : totally

Stillness: peace /silence

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12

There is life in every breath

life goes on you must continue to live a normal life even when something sad or disappointing has happened

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13

Katsumoto: I wish to learn.

  • Nathan Algren: Read a book.
  • Katsumoto: I would rather have a good conversation.

if you wish to do something or you wish to have it done for you, you want to do it or want to have it done Synonym : like wish to do something ● I wish to make a complaint.

Would rather +base form of the verb

Would prefer+infinitive

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14

They are an intriguing people. From the moment they wake they devote themselves to the perfection of whatever they pursue. I have never seen such discipline.”

intriguing :  strange, interesting because of being unusual, mysterious, or unexpected, so that you want to find out more:

  • Their research has produced some intriguing results.

pursue: follow

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15

Many of our customs seem strange to you. And the same is true of yours. For example, not to introduce yourself is considered extremely rude, even among enemies.”

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16

The days of the Samurai had ended. Nations,like men, it is sometimes said, have their own destiny.”

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17

They say Japan was made by a sword. They say the old gods dipped a coral blade into the ocean, and when they pulled it out four perfect drops fell back into the sea, and those drops became the islands of Japan.”

Dip: sink

Pull out : withdraw, depart, leave, quit