Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Philosophy (B.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. William Eaton


This paper examines the concepts of traditional Bushido and Roman Stoicism as they relate to the unique interpretation of Bushido by Akira Kurosawa in the movie the Seven Samurai. I explain the main concepts of Bushido and Roman Stoicism, focusing upon the virtues of each, and their connection to Kurosawa’s view on how Bushido should be practiced. I then draw similarities between these two ways of life. I examine how the genre of film dealing with samurai deals with this question.

Thesis Summary

This paper examines the relationship between traditional Bushido, Roman Stoicism and the interpretation of Bushido by Akira Kurosawa. It does this by examining the film Seven Samurai and its messages on how Samurai are supposed to follow the code of Bushido. The paper also takes a look at the problems of samurai culture that film makers have remarked upon.