In this lesson, we will analyze and interpret the short story ‘Diary of a Madman’ by Lu Xun. This story contains the diary of a man who descends. Diary of a Madman: Chinese literature: May Fourth period: of such stories as “ Kuangren riji” (“The Known by the pseudonym Lu Xun, Zhou had studied in. Diary of a Madman and Other Stories has ratings and 78 reviews. Petra Eggs said: I listened to the title story, rather than read the book (which mi.

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So, despite the truth that the narrator found through his descent into madness, he ultimately turns his back on that truth and takes a position at the top level of the feudalist system, which he discovered during his madness to be akin to cannibalism. After his death Lu Xun was glorified by the communist party, although during the literary polemics conducted in andhe tried to prescribe him the law and it is not unlikely that Lu Xun, the old Chinese society and criticized the Kuomintang, also the communist government would have criticized if he had lived longer.

Are there other situations in the story referring to Confucianism and its problems? How does Lu Xun apply the notions of evolution to the understanding of the human condition? Sep 26, S Shah rated it it was amazing.

China needed a new culture in order to defend herself against Western and Japanese aggression. A revolutionary at the end of diray Ching dynastyHsu Hsi-lin was executed in for assassinating a Ching official. The story begins with the narrator’s visit to a pair of brothers who were close friends of his zun his school years. Mother cried and cried, but he begged her not to cry, probably because he had eaten her himself, and so her crying made him feel ashamed.


The collection of short stories has a tumultuous start, with the Diary of a Madman.

Diary of a Madman

I recenty completed an online course on edX HarvardX: Is the madman a cannibal too, perhaps without knowing it? What is it that Elder Brother claims can’t be done?

Are there references to such ideas in the story? Mar 28, Petra Eggs rated it liked it Shelves: Is that somehow connected to the name of the village? This is the “madman’s diary” and its text constitutes the bulk of the story.

A famous pharmacologistauthor of Ben-cao-gang-mu, the Materia Medica. Chao’s while their faces too were ghastly pale. How is it possible to “save the children”? I remember when my elder brother taught me to write compositions, no matter how good a man was, if I produced arguments to the contrary he would mark that passage to show his approval; while if I excused evil-doers, he would say: Beyond its addressing of a specific historical situation, the story is marked by a deep sense of and feeling for the ironies, false appearances, and deceptions often involved in human social life.

Lu Xun Diary of a Madman Translation, Pt. I | East Asia Student

And they were afraid of my seeing them. These few days I have been thinking again: Cerpen terakhir di buku ini juga asyik dibaca. Un libro muy recomendable para quienes gustan de los relatos al mejor estilo de Poe: L’uomo in questione era fuggito dal suo villaggio dopo un periodo di follia e nel diario si ritrovano i vaneggiamenti che lo avevano condotto alla pazzia.


I couldn’t recommend it. How does that explain the meaning of cannibalism? There are two collections of stories in this volume. Can a doctor be a cannibal? Since it is possible to “exchange sons to eat,” then anything can be exchanged, anyone can be eaten.

The tragi-comedy of an itinerant vagrant in a small Chinese village. He stayed here until his death.

How does he interpret the words “benevolence, righteousness, and morality”? Is that connected to the animal imagery? He was only about twenty years old and I did not see his features very clearly. Nel futuro, quando sarei finito divorato, non solo non avrebbero avuto problemi, ma la gente addirittura gli sarebbe stata grata. Fiction and Film in Twentieth-Century China. Although so many are born, they will be wiped out by the real men, just like wolves killed by hunters.

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