Rescue and Peripateticism --- Comments on Stone Image in the Novel Gao Lao Zhuang

  •  Ye Cao    


The stone image in the novel Gao Lao Zhuang is built on the basis of traditional Confucian culture. But it also marks the end of it. It is in peripatetic state of Taoism, but at the same time try to save the already close to collapse of the patriarchal culture as well. This paper tries to explain the function of the stone, a myth prototype, in Gao Lao Zhuang, through comparing the stone image in "Gao Lao Zhuang" with the same image in A Dream of Red Mansions , in which we can finally get the mythic and realistic values from the stone image.

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