This month’s story of the month at Chinese-forums is one of my favorite short stories from Lu Xun’s Nahan. That would be Kong Yiji. Please join our discussion at www.chinese-forums.com.
Below I have embedded a movie of Kong Yiji. While I would say the movie was probably done on a shoestring budget, and the scenes are not necessarily recreated with the best accuracy, it is still good practice.
As you read the story here are some thoughts to keep in mind:
Lu Xun wrote because he wanted to create a literary movement and to change the spirit of the Chinese people as you can see from his preface to Nahan.
I think Kong Yiji is interesting because he is a thief, yet I still like him as a character. He seems to have a good heart as seen when he talks with the children. Yet people continually laugh at him. Those people then eventually break both of his legs for stealing from a rich man. Obviously, when he gets his last drink at the tavern he is about to die since he can no longer steal for food yet people still laugh at him.
In China today, do you think Lu Xun was successful in creating a new spirit for the Chinese people?
And in the context of Kong Yiji, do you think there are plenty of Kong Yiji alive in China today and being tormented by those better off?