Journal directory listing - Volume 50 Number 1 (2005/April) - Humanities & Social Sciences【50(1)】

Xi-ren's Wind-Blown Fate in The Dream of The Red Chamber Author: Mei-fang Xu (Center of General Education, Lunghwa University of Science and Technology)

Vol.&No.:Vol. 50, No. 1
Date:April 2005


In The Dream of The Red Chamber the young girl Xi-ren, like many other sons and
daughters of poor families, was sold to Rong-fu, the mansion of the rich and authoritarian Bao-yu. She serves here as a virtual slave and yet her position was important. Here I will inquire into Xi-ren's personality, emotions and disease.
 Xi-ren was very mild and flexible, and could serve as a model of virtue for the other
ladies in Rong-fu; although somewhat selfish she never wised to harm others. She worked very hard for Bao-yu, yet also taught him to think and talk in the proper way. But her inner world was sad, and she was resigned to having a sad fate. After she married to Yu-han Jiang, she realized “Those who do good deeds will be blessed, just as those who are wicked will suffer." As for Xi-ren throwing up blood two times: in the first time Xi-ren might be had gullet bleeding or nasopharyngeal bleeding, and in the second time Xi-ren seemed to be got tuberculosis.
Xi-ren is an exceptional character in the novel due to her strong will, perseverance and
ability to maintain a positive attitude in the face of suffering, though she had thought to commit suicide. In certain respects she can also represent the character type of the “wise fool.”

Keywords:The Dream of The Red Chamber, Xi-ren, model of virtue, soft/hard personality, wise fool

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APA FormatXu, M.-F. (2005). Xi-ren's Wind-Blown Fate in The Dream of The Red Chamber. Journal of National Taiwan Normal University: Humanities & Social Science, 50(1), 1-16.