Today In this post I will share, Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin PDF. Dream of the Red Chamber (Hanglo Meng) or The Story of the Stone (Shitu Ji) is a novel written by Cao Zhuykin in the mid-18th century. One of the four great classical novels of Chinese literature, it is known for its psychological scope and observations of 18th century Chinese worldview, aesthetics, lifestyle and social relations.

The intricate strands of its plot depict the rise and fall of a family, much like Cao's own and the expansion, of the dynasty. Cao depicts the father's power over the family, but the novel is created as a memorial to the women he knew in his youth: friends, relatives and slaves.

On a deeper level, the author explores religious and philosophical questions, and his writing style includes echoes of Ming's late plays and novels, as well as poems from earlier times.

Dream of the Red Chamber

Cao apparently began composing it in the 1740s and worked on it until his death in 1763 or 1764. Copies of his incomplete manuscript spread to Cao's social circle, with a slightly different version of the eighty chapters entitled A Stone Story. It was not published until nearly three decades after Cao's death, when Gao Yi and Cheng Weiyuan,

In 1791-92 he edited the first and second printed editions of the Dream of the Red Chamber, adding 40 chapters. Gao and Cheng composed these chapters themselves, and there is still debate as to whether they presented Kao's motives or not.

Their 120-chapter edition became the most widely circulated version. The title has also been translated as Red Chamber Dream and A Dream of Red Mansions. "Ridology" is a field of study dedicated to the novel.

Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin PDF

Story summary:

In the story of the frame of the novel, a sensitive stone, when the goddess Nuwa corrected the heavens a few decades ago, wants to enjoy the joy of "red dust" (earthly world). Stone asks a Taoist priest and a Buddhist monk to accompany him to see the world.

Stone, with a companion (in the Cheng-Gao version they are united in the same character), is then given the opportunity to learn from human existence, and enters the mortal realm, reborn as Zia Bau ("Precious Jade") - thus the "story of stone".

The novel provides a detailed, episodic record of the lives of two branches of the wealthy, aristocratic Zia group the Ronggu House and the Ninggu House who live in large, adjacent family compounds. Capital. The capital, however, is not named and the first chapter emphasizes that the dynasty is uncertain.

The ancestors of the two families were of Chinese nobility and were given royal titles, and as soon as the novel began, the two houses became one of the most famous families in the city. One of Zia's daughters is given a royal concert, and in order to receive her properly, the family builds Daguanuan, a green garden, setting for many subsequent works.

The novel describes the wealth and influence of Zeus in great natural detail, and depicts the fall of Zeus from the heights of their prestige, following about thirty main characters and more than four hundred minors. Eventually the Zia faction rebelled against the emperor and their palaces were raided and confiscated.

As the family’s indifferent teenage male heir, Bauu has a special bond in this life with his ailing cousin Lin Daiyu, who shares his love for music and poetry.

Bauu is, of course, predestined to marry another cousin, Xu Bauchai, whose grace and intelligence exemplify an ideal woman, but with whom he has no emotional connection. The romantic rivalry and friendship between the three characters forms the central story against the backdrop of the family’s decadent fate.

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