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Absorption Of Chinese Classical Gardens Culture In Dream Of Red Chamber

Posted on:2009-06-10Degree:MasterType:Thesis
Country:ChinaCandidate:L L XiaoFull Text:PDF
GTID:2155360245968364Subject:Ancient Chinese literature
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The Chinese traditional culture study is one of the essential points, among all the studies of Dream of the Red Chamber. Almost all the elements of Chinese traditional culture have been manifested in an elaborate and final description and thus integrated in his book, by the author, Cao Xueqin, endowed with a genius of creativity. Many scholars, noting that, have made a more thorough study of the Chinese traditional culture's performance and applications in Dream of the Red Chamber. This paper, from a special perspective of the gardens art, explores the acceptance and reflection of Chinese traditional culture and art in this work to illustrate that Dream of the Red Chamber, as a great literary work, is in no way constructed baselessly, instead, established on the basis of Chinese traditional culture.Part I begins with Dream of the Red Chamber and the gardens love mode. The gardens, with Chinese classical gardens art's development, maturity, flourish, as a kind of special imagery, has been increasingly embedded into the literature works. In the Chinese classical literature history, the gardens are closely combined with love, and thus a typical form of literary mode: landscape love mode has emerged in a great amount of works, in which all the authors happened to coincide to select the gardens as stages of love stories. In the light of those works, Cao Xueqin learned the advantages, and carried forward with bold innovation and built a unique Grand View Garden, in which 4 amazing and spoony loves take place, making a tremendous achievement in the arts.Part II explores the landscape architecture-style structure of Dream of the Red Chamber. As far as its narrative structure model is concerned, an academic conclusion has not been determined. Through studying the narrative structure's form, it is found that Dream of the Red Chamber clearly shows its structure of framework, symmetry and "garden in garden", very similar with the structure of Chinese classical gardens. Through studying the narrative structure's technique, it is found that the author, Cao Xueqin has made full use of the typical configuration technique of Chinese classical garden art, both in the layout and construction of Grand View Garden and the work, which is the important structuring technique of this work. Through studying the narrative structure's characteristics, it is found that the narrative structure of Dream of the Red Chamber is sophisticated but integrated and seamless, showing a three-dimensional sense of space and level; is harmonious with the demanding of Chinese classical gardens arts, which focuses on segmentation and combination in the space configuration, and that the work is"made by people as if gifted by the nature". Therefore, a conclusion can be drawn that the narrative structure of Dream of the Red Chamber is Landscape Architecture-style structure.Part III studies the symbolic metaphor of the gardens in Dream of the Red Chamber. The author, making a great deal of painstaking work, has carefully constructed the unique Grand View Garden "endowed with all the heaven and earth scenes ", which has its profound metaphorical meaning. The author has met aphorized the buildings and scenes in the gardens into persons to represent the main characters'personalities in the novel, and flowers into persons, to manifest the bright youth and tragic life and suggest the highest praise towards youth and life, and therefore build a "spiritual home"to both the readers and himself by means of a successful construction of Grand View Garden on paper.
Keywords/Search Tags:Dream of the Red Chamber, gardens culture, gardens love mode, narrative structure model, symbolic metaphor
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