He knew that even if a dream were an illusion, it was not unconnected with reality. Chia Pao-yu is born with a piece of precious jade in his mouth — the Jade of Spiritual Understanding.
Daiyu is the reincarnation of a flower from the frame story, and the purpose of her mortal birth is to repay Baoyu with tears for watering her in her previous incarnation. The next-largest frame contains the story of the decline in the fortunes of the wealthy, aristocratic clan of the Jia.
Other main characters[ edit ] Grandmother Jia simplified Chinese: Precious Jade The main protagonist is about 12 or 13 years old when introduced in the novel.
In the last two section Levy pays particular attention to the poetry in the novel. Many modern scholars believe these chapters were a later addition. She is the young sister of Jia Zhen, head of the Ningguo House. And the last forty chapters are darker still, involving politics and the law: Unfortunately, the secret is leaked to Tai-yu, and she falls unconscious and begins spitting blood.
She mentions it would take a whole lifetime of mortal tears to repay his kindness. The Daoist-Buddhist message is clear: Lin Ru-hai recommends a private tutor to his brother-in-law; and old lady Jia extends a compassionate welcome to the motherless child Chapter 4: Her fascination with the novel one that can be studied for a lifetime certainly comes across.
The main character of the novel is the carefree adolescent male heir of the family, Jia Baoyu. Then he can view things sub specie aeternitatis and rise above love and sympathy and good and evil. Not until a person unshackles him- or herself from attachments can he or she become a stone.
The dimension of the novel that presents the story of the rise and fall of the fortunes of a great Chinese family provides the reader with a remarkable social document.
The original work is, like much Chinese literature, littered with references to history and literature. Regardless of the importance attached to this philosophical and religious theme, however, Dream of the Red Chamber has other, equally important literary qualities.
Written sometime in the middle of the eighteenth century, during the Qing Dynasty, it has long been considered a great masterpiece of Chinese literature. In the earlier part of the story, the outside world mostly intrudes in comic "low life" episodes: Jia Yuan-chun is selected for glorious promotion to the Imperial Bedchamber; and Qin Zhong is summoned for premature departure on the Journey into Night Chapter Dream of the Red Chamber provides a detailed, episodic record of the lives of two separate branches of the Jia clan, a wealthy and aristocratic family.
Not particularly well educated, he once killed a man over a servant-girl Xiangling and had the manslaughter case hushed up with money.Dec 02, · The Story of the Stone (c. ), also known as The Dream of the Red Chamber, is one of the greatest novels of Chinese literature. The fifth part of Cao Xueqin's magnificent saga, The Dreamer Awakes, was carefully edited and completed by Gao E some decades later/5().
The Story of the Stone, also known by the title of The Dream of the Red Chamber, is the great novel of manners in Chinese literature. The fifth part of Cao Xueqin’s magnificent saga, The Dreamer Awakes, was carefully edited and.
The complete review's Review. The Chinese Qing Dynasty novel, The Story of the Stone (also known as The Dream of the Red Chamber), is among the greatest novels ever written (see our review).With near pages in its English translation (published in five volumes) it is a monumental work.
While the main story -- of Bao-yu (the Stone. Book Summary; About Dream of the Red Chamber; Summary and Analysis; Volume I: Chapters ; Volume I: Chapter 6; That is the main thread of the story. The narrative itself is based on the prediction in Pao-yu's dream, years ago, when Pao-yu found himself in a fairyland, where he met a goddess and was shown the register of the.
This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin. Dream of the Red Chamber, also named The Story of the Stone, was written by Cao Xueqin, and is one of China’s Four Great Classical Novels. The Story of the Stone is divided into five volumes in this translation for Penguin Classics.
The first three, translated by David Hawkes, are the original 80 chapter work which circulated in various partial manuscripts, possibly before as well as after Cao Xueqin's death inDownload