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A Study of Family Ethics in Notes on Rainy Nights Under Autumn Lamp and Its Sequel
|Authors:||GOH SHWU HAN|
Xuan Ding,Notes on Rainy Nights Under Autumn Lamp,Sequel to Notes on Rainy Nights Under Autumn Lamp,Family Ethic,Family Relationship,
|Publication Year :||2019|
Xuan Ding’s novel collections – Notes on Rainy Nights Under Autumn Lamp and Sequel to Notes on Rainy Nights Under Autumn Lamp were written and published during difficult times in China when people were stricken by wars and natural disasters. This paper aims to study how wars and natural disasters had affected or destructed family relationship, and how this change was recounted by Xuan Ding in his novels. Previous studies on the two novel collections mainly focused on the author biography, different versions of stories, images of women in the novels and the comparison between Xuan Ding’s work and Pu Songling’s Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio. In this paper, I will take a new approach and focus on the theme of family relationship from three aspects: First, the change of gender roles in family – the absence of male in a family during wartime forced female to take over the male’s role in order to keep the family together; Second, how broken relationships between male siblings changed family relationships – when brothers were blinded by desire and went against each other, a family fell apart. The family order can only be restored when they reconciled and their relationships met ethical standards; Third, humans and animals as family members – when humans and animals became family, how did they overcome their conflicts. According to my study, the author was trying to stress that “filial piety” is the core value of maintaining family relationship.
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