For ages, hundreds upon hundreds of eminent scholars have been contributing all their life-time to the study of Dream of the Red Mansion, to create "redology". However, with the study going on, a lot more discussions emerge, making the booklet quite mysterious someone to read. On this paper, i do not intend to increase its enigma. The thing i am desirous to do is to demonstrate two typical varieties of personality, which is shown vividly on Lin Daiyu and Xue Baochai. Because both of these figures are commonly existing inside our life, especially women. By analysing them, i'll present my views on modern people at the same time.
Lin Daiyu lives off her maternal grandmother after her parents' loss of life. Though Lin's mother is the most treasured little girl of her grandmother, her grandmother lessens love for Lin slowly but surely because of her rebellious behaviours. The fosterage makes Lin feel inferior, thus she actually is by nature aloof, straightfoward. In her mind's eye, only by behaving like that can she maintains her self-defense. . This thought dominates her development of personality when in grandma's home.
Throughout the "Imagine Red Mansions", Lin gives people a sense of poetic. She's the required sensitivity of poets. Pursuing is the translation of her poet by David Hawkes( an British famous sinologist),
Beside the half-raised blind, the half-closed door,
Crushed glaciers for earth and white jade for container,
three parts of whiteness from the pear-tree taken,
One part from plum for scent(which pear hasn't)-
Moon-maidens stithed them with white silken thread,
And virgins' tears the new-made blossoms did place,
Which now, like bashful maids that no word say,
Lean languid on the breeze at close of day.
This version is relatively loyal to the origin. Lin also had written Buring Fallen Blooms, Parting, Walking along Peach blossom Passing, etc. All these poems embody her ability. The author Cao Xueqin depicts an "ideal" woman--Lin. She actually is against the feudalism, and not subject to fate. With a rich and sophisticated inward world, she often displays a physique of jealousy, narrow-mindedness. For instance, one of her cousin directed hairpins to numerous women, and Lin is the last one to get her hairpin. Then She said with anger, " I find the previous hairpin that others don't want"
Lin is sentimental, sometimes beyond most people's understanding. When she considers the fallen blossoms, she grieves for the fate of human being. Due to her parent's death, whatever related to her homeland can remember recollection of her parents and her activities. Losing tears becomes her habit whenever these storage area call to her. Her jealousy on her behalf beloved's intimacy with other females makes outsiders think her narrow-minded and mean. Yet, her way of chasing natural love can be said brave. In Qing Dynasty, feudalism haunted everyone. We could surprised a fragile and scraggy female should rebel against the feudalism and follow the free love. She is not limited by traditional feudal code of ethics. This sort of personality prolongs her glamour.
In sharp comparison, Xue Baochai, created from a wealthy merchant family, stylish, gets on well with others. Critics have a tendency to dislike her for she conceals her true likes and dislikes. It's no easy to know what kind of person she actually is. Wang MengЇј‹ 1980Їј (Chinese language renowned writer) once said, " Xue behaves as the feudal parents wish, hides her own feeling, know ways to get along well with others. " From his words, we see no appraise on Xue. Indeed, the Xue kind of gal is never to the majority's tastes. However, I stubbornly consider Xue's behaviours are inspired by the modern culture then. We can still infer she is kind. Let me take an example: When her sibling was bullied by someone, she made such a comment, "I understand my buddy. he's good for nothing at all and he's been rude all the time(p102). " Her sense of justice is seen out of this example.
Although Xue lives in a wealthy family, her family is declining. She just needs to protect her family. So, in order to accomplish her goal, she has to discover a "refuge" on her behalf family. Some famous scholars ignore her thoughtfulness, criticizing her ruthlessly. I find it needless.
The explanations why Lin and Xue form their particular personality are linked with their surroundings. He(1948), a visible poet, contains, "Generally, three reasons make what Lin is. First, just how feudalism pave for the women is not the choice Lin prefers. Second, Lin's thought is influenced by old thinking and books. Third, her unlucky life experience--parents' early on death has deep effect on Lin. Meanwhile, in my own view, followings are the causes resulting in Xue's characteristics, to wit,
Firstly, even though her family is abundant, they don't have superior position in traditional China. Therefore, on her behalf family, she strives to gain high position by matrimony.
Secondly, her unconditional conformity to the old and the feudalism make her elusive. (p111)
At any rate, both Lin and Xue are the patients of the contemporary society at the mercy of feudalism but also the typical people in true to life.
In society, a great number of of Lins and Xues exist. Some people are straightforward, showing their feelings immediately with no sham, while some conceal their real emotions so far as possible. 100% folks want to choose a honest friend, yet whenever a hypocritical person go with us, we feel joyful unless we realize clearly he's lying down. Therefore, when one has been Lin, he'll definitely sense uneasy. He must consider intentionally what Lin's thinking, whether his activities will damage her, etc. Alternatively, you will find yourself deeply in love with Lin for her talent, her quest make her special. To get on with a person like Xue may be uninteresting. One may feel safe but lack love to transport on. However, once you truly understand her and make her your true good friend, a genuine Xue will stand in front of you and treat you friendly.
Once someone asked me who I preferred to be, Lin or Xue, I resolutely decided to go with neither. I believe in "Golden Mean", so the fusion of these personality will be the best for me.
All in all, as much as i can easily see, one's personality is affected typically by the scenario he lives in, we are not licensed to criticize extremely others'. On the other hand, bearing tolerance to the people who we can't stand is a virtue we need to learn.