Descriptions of medical practices of the wealthy Chinese are also included in the narrative as well as the relationships between family members, servants, and children. 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.
A faction among the domestic staff attempts to unseat the cook. Most of the other characters are related to Bao-yu, who is a kind of anthropological Ego in the extended Jia kinship network. In respect of the major characters especially, he describes their behavior, religion, and political positions as well as their loves, animosities, quarrels, and intrigues.
This is incidental to the story — this is not a historical novel where the author might have highlighted this material for its own sake — but is all the more fascinating because of that. In some versions, however, like the Cheng-Gao editions, the Stone and its companion are merged into the same character.
Forthwith he rejects the world and becomes a monk.
In his dream, he sees the image of Qin Keqing, the young wife of Jia Yong. In respect of the major characters especially, he describes their behavior, religion, and political positions as well as their loves, animosities, quarrels, and intrigues. Reflective of the society and Chinese culture, themes include medicine, cuisine, tea culture, festivities, proverbs, mythology, Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, filial piety, opera, music, funeral rites, painting, classic literature, and the Four Books.
Aunt Zhao schemes to raise the status of her own children by bringing down Xi-feng and Bao-yu. To read the novel in the spirit the author intended, one might well begin with the title. And then there's the Buddhist nun Adamantina whose origins and eventual fate are both a little mysterious.
There is also a considerable amount of embedded poetry, which is translated into forms which flow naturally in English. Afterward, however, he experiences an awakening and comprehends his true relationship to the universe, is released from suffering, and gains the freedom and inner peace that he has been seeking.
In this sense, the novel is a veritable handbook of the traditional family system. The cousins share a love of music and poetry, but unfortunately can never be married. The Story of the Stone is a homage to the girls and women Cao Xueqin knew in his youth, but it is not a simple idealisation.
Forthwith he rejects the world and becomes a monk. They are here to stay, and indeed some of the scenes in them are deservedly among the most famous in the whole novel. And Minford opts to translate some Chinese school texts into Latin, which works reasonably well, at least for readers with the right background.
He describes parties where no expense is spared and funerals that last for months. This detailed literature summary also contains Topics for Discussion and a Free Quiz on The Story of the Stone, or The Dream of the Red Chamber; Volume 1: The Golden Days by Cao Xueqin.
"The Story of the Stone" is the first volume of a five volume series that tells the story of the prestigious Chinese Jia family. Chinese scholars like to compare Cao Xueqin to Shakespeare and have subjected his novel to similarly intense analysis (a field known as "Redology"), but a better parallel to The Story of the Stone might be the works of Jane Austen.
It has had a huge impact on popular culture, especially as the subject of multiple television and film adaptations, and its characters are widely known.
Cao Xueqin began to write it in aboutand by the time of his death inseveral eighty-chapter handwritten manuscripts, annotated by one working under the pen name Zhiyan Zhai (Red. Indeed, Xueqin titled the first, eighty-chapter version of the novel The Story of the Stone, which shows the importance the author attached to this mythology.
The incarnate stone appears in the person of the youthful hero of the novel, Jia Baoyu (also styled as Chia Pao-yü), his personal name literally meaning “precious jade”—he is born with a piece. The Story of the Stone by Cao Xueqin is an animated, lively account of life.
in a large Chinese household in the midth century Qing dynasty. It. remains a fascinating novel for modern readers with its vivid and detailed.
descriptions of the minutiae of daily life - from clothing, food and. interior design to education, marriage and death/5(7). 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.
Written sometime in the middle of the eighteenth century, during the Qing Dynasty, it has long been considered a great masterpiece of Chinese literature.An analysis of stone by cao xueqin