Dairy Of A Madman Analysis

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Lee, Jeffrey Lit 13 E26 Analysis Paper #2 Against the Currents “The Dairy of a Madman” written by Lu Xun, depicts pages of a dairy written during the ill days of a “madman.” This short story questions the traditional mind set of the Chinese society regarding their belief in cannibalism, incorporating the mentality into the modern age. This paper aims to discuss and analyse the story, its themes and symbolisms. The plot of the story begins with the narrator visiting his friends of two brothers, one of which became “ill”. The story advances with the narrator discovering the dairy of the said brother. Throughout the story, pages of the dairy reveal the thoughts and emotions clouding in the mind of the madman. As the diary progresses, the man…show more content…
“Wanting to eat men, at the same time afraid of being eaten themselves, they all look at each other with the deepest suspicion. . . .” In the tenth article, he confronts his brother and the villagers, trying to change their belief on cannibalism. “‘You should change, change from the bottom of your hearts!’ I said. ‘You most know that in future there will be no place for man-eaters in the world.’” “‘If you don't change, you may all be eaten by each other. Although so many are born, they will be wiped out by the real men, just like wolves killed by hunters. Just like reptiles!’" The society deems the man as mad or crazy, because he resists their mentality of cannibalism, but in reality, the madman himself is the only one who is able to see the truth behind the minds and views of the people. The “madman”, in the story, was actually the only one who could see through the mistakes of cannibalism, and even tries to rescue the people from this mentality, even though he fails. “Suddenly my brother looked furious, and shouted in a loud voice: ‘Get out of here, all of you! What is the point of looking at a…show more content…
They would never be willing to change their stand, and their plans were all laid; they had stigmatized me as a madman. In future when I was eaten, not only would there be no trouble, but people would probably be grateful to them. When our tenant spoke of the villagers eating a bad character, it was exactly the same device. This is their old trick.” In the last entry of the diary, he still grasps on the hope that in the future, cannibalism could be eradicated from society despite his failure in trying to convince his brother and the other villagers. He also knows that he could do nothing as of his present condition to change the way they
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