April 7, at 7: I agree that the main character seems to suffer from paranoia. Everyone that he encounters he believes does not like him and wants to eat him.
Here, he works a hyperbolic vein generally similar to that used by Jonathan Swift in "A Modest Proposal". He returns to the metaphor of cannibalism from time to time, most notably and tragically in "Medicine", where the cure for tubercu This is a collection of 26 short stories by Lu Xun.
He returns to the metaphor of cannibalism from time to time, most notably and tragically in "Medicine", where the cure for tuberculosis prescribed by Chinese medicine a quackery particularly despised by Lu Xun was a bun soaked in human blood.
There are a number of real gems here, in addition to the most well-known one.
The later stories are better, in my view, than the earlier ones, which I found too bitty. These were my favourites a full listing of the short stories in this collection is at the bottom of this review: The tragi-comedy of an itinerant vagrant in a small Chinese village. A bit of a coward and a thug, Ah Q alternately swaggers around or gets beaten up depending on his circumstances at the time.
One of the semi-autobiographical stories in the book, this tells of a trip by the young Lu Xun to watch a Chinese opera in the evening.
The Chinese countryside, the play of the young boys, are all wonderfully evoked. A heart-rending tale of a widow who is married off by her mother-in-law. She loses her second husband and then her son.
As remarriage was considered deeply, wrongly contrary to Confucian mores, she is unable to find acceptance back into society. A scathing look at the victims of traditional Confucian morality. Lu Xun again in a semi-comedic vein. Gao takes on a job as a history teacher, a subject of which he knows next to nothing.
The story accounts his half-hearted attempts to prepare for class, and the humour comes from his vain-glorious musings that contrast with his actual, pathetic state. The loner of the story attempts to stick to his morals but, to avoid starvation, eventually gives in to the endemic corruption of Chinese society.
A man and a woman attempt to defy tradition by living together against the wishes of her family. Ostracised from society, they inevitably fall into poverty, which brings about quarrels, frustration, and the end of the relationship.
This is a neatly sarcastic look at the power-brokers in a small Chinese village. A word on the translation: This has the inevitable result of inducing a certain cultural dissonance for the reader.
As a key characteristic of his works, to use a more neutral register and NOT represent this aspect of the work would have been another form of "betrayal". In choosing which betrayal to make—and the choices are, perforce, mutually exclusive—I can understand why Lyell chose to make this one.
The stories in this edition are as follows:Lu Xun’s aim of writing the Diary Of a Madman is to weak up apathetic Chinese people to change their life and society, or they would live in the cannibalistic society forever.
It is true that it is Chinese people’s characteristic that as soon as people can survive in the society less Chinese people would try to change the current situation. The Berlin Stories: The Last of Mr Norris/Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood.
The subjectivity of Lu Xun's fiction is different from autobiographical confessionism.
His "I-narration" proves an effective means of distancing himself and developing perspectives different from what his readers would associate with his public stance.
The Diary of a Madman Homework Help Questions Two of the main themes of existentialism are the emphasis on the individual ultimately being The basic ideas of Existentialism can be seen in the The Diary of a Madman. Diary of a Madman is a notable landmark not only in Lu Xun’s writing career, but also in the progress of Chinese society.
I absolutely agree with Marissa’s viewpoint that this short fiction implies the writer’s anger and sadness about the feudalism, which had lasted for over two thousand years in China. Download Free Audio Books of great works by Twain, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Orwell, Vonnegut, Nietzsche, Austen, Shakespeare, Asimov, HG Wells & more.