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. Xiaobing Tang. Lu Xun’s “Diary of a Madman and a Chinese Modernism. XIAOBING TANG is assistant professor of Chinese at the. University of Colorado. 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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Lu Xun Diary of a Madman translation, VI

Harvard University Press Do you find animal references anywhere else in the story? By using cannibalism, Lu Xun illuminates the problems of the society without an obvious assault on the corruption in China. Borrows the dogs from Gogol, but Lu Xun is a more concerned with cannibalism than Spanish kings.

Lu Xun’s stories and essays, in addition to being socially critical, are pervaded by pessimism about existence.

Li collection of short stories has a tumultuous start, with the Diary of a Madman. Apart from the fact that Lu Xun bridges the gap between classical and modern Chinese literature, his work, without renouncing his Chinese origin, also ties in with the international literature of that time.

The first collection features an almost simplistic, direct style of writing belying layered narratives, Dizry stories often focus on how conservative thinking and religious observation of tradition dulls the sense of judgement, crushing the weak, different, and out-of-sync. While the madman recognizes that cannibalism is widespread around him, even his old brother attempts to eat him, he was extremely fearful. En esto radica la genialidad de este relato, que nos deja girando, pensando y tratando de concluir algo, que por la tangente que lo hayamos hecho, es igualmente desolador.

It was the first and most influential modern work written in vernacular Chinese in the republican era, and would become a cornerstone piece of the New Culture Movement. A bit of a coward and a thug, Ah Q alternately swaggers around or gets beaten up depending on his circumstances at the time. How do the moon and the madman’s perceptions of others as having “smiling green faces with protruding fangs” contribute to those effects?

A correction that he himself would probably have been very happy with. The diary form was inspired by Nikolai Gogol ‘s short story ” Diary of a Madman “, as was the idea of the madman who sees dixry more clearly than those around him. In strikte zin is het werk van Lu Xun niet autobiografisch maar hij gebruik zijn eigen levensverhaal en ervaringen wel als de bouwstenen voor zijn verhalen.


The Madman sees enemies everywhere and from one stage on, he feels people want to eat him. A man and a woman attempt to defy tradition by living together against the wishes of her family. Cerpen-cerpen ini diarj terjadi dalam suatu dunia yang indah tetapi suram dan hening.

Diary of a Madman and Other Stories by Lu Xun

Lu Xun was openly dissident, but was protected by his fame. Born to a privileged scholar-official family in decline, Lu Xun was both educated in the traditional classics as well as aware of the lives of the common people. I didn’t recall having heard of him before and thinking this to be a gaping hole in my knowledge of diaey literature I have been setting about recitifying it.

Be the first to ask a question about Diary of a Madman and Other Stories. For weeks he clung to life, having had grams of fluid drained from his lungs at one point.

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. Ada satu cerita berjudul Menyesali Masa Lalu yang amat saya suka. Glimpses of doubt about his insanity, however, crossed my mind. Mar 28, Petra Eggs rated it liked it Shelves: Jan 30, Shawn rated it liked it Shelves: Lu Xun was the eldest of three brothers.

Diary of a Madman and Other Stories

Retrieved from ” https: May 13, at 1: Books by Lu Madmaj. Behalve dat Lu Xun hier een brug slaat tussen de klassieke en de moderne Chinese literatuur, sluit zijn werk, zonder zijn Chinese afkomst te verloochenen, ook aan bij de internationale literatuur van die tijd.

That is, Sometimes when I read a aa, I feel like the time and place were just too different from the present for me to really appreciate the literature, and this is one of those books. His family belonged to a considerable line of civil servants and scholars and was originally pretty rich, but because of the failed career of Lu Xun’s grandfather lost both her wealth and her prestige.


Diiary book is not preachy–its almost a stream of consciousness style.

Diary of a Madman, Lu Xun

I’m sure it’s a cultural or generational thing, but the proverbs go over my head or fall flat of being profound. After sharing ideas of the text and hashing out other peoples interpretation I diarh see how some this work targets the structures in society.

The story was praised for its anti-traditionalism, its synthesis of Chinese and foreign conventions and ideas, and its skillful narration, and Lu became recognized as madjan of the leading writers of the New Culture Movement. How do such diaary address the problems of Confucianism? May 15, at 1: In Section 9, what makes people reluctant to take “that one little step”? Apr 04, Realini rated it liked it.

The story reveals Lu Xun’s interest in changing society — in converting people from “cannibalism” to a higher level of humanity. To that, there is a quote by Mao in the Intro about how great the author is, so you get some idea that the writing is viewed as an important part of cultural development in a Communist society.

The first, Cheering from the Sidelinescomposed of stories written between anddairy sharply with the Wondering Where to Turnwritten between and I begin to realize that during the past thirty-odd years I have been in the dark. The diary purports to be that of the now recovered, once sick brother of the narrator’s friend.

Lu Xun’s story is often described as exposing the “cannibalistic feudal society” of pre-revolution Kf. Wikisource has original text related to this article: What does it mean to “eat” another human being? The diary ends with a poignant plea to “save the children. A scathing look at the victims of traditional Confucian morality. Lu Xun went to the diwry schools where he also learned English and German among much more here he became acquainted with Western science and ideas.