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A Buddhist Interpretation of Gao Xingjian’s ‘Garland’

  • The Journal of Study on Language and Culture of Korea and China
  • Abbr : JSLCKC
  • 2011, (27), pp.315-341
  • DOI : 10.16874/jslckc.2011..27.013
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Study on Chinese Languge and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Published : October 31, 2011

王晉光 1

1Hong Kong Shue Yan University

Candidate

ABSTRACT

‘Garland’ was a short story of Gao Xingjian. It was about Dabao who brought his fiancée Xiaohui to his uncle’s place in the countryside. After making a garland to Xiaohui, they met Chunlan and her young daughter at the water melon field. Chunlan had been a girl friend of Dabao at his childhood and he made a Garland for her when she cried, because she was isolated by her peer group. The feeling of Dabao at the moment of their meeting again was strange but he hoped Chunlan would forget their past forever. Another theme in this paper was, to analyze the story through new interpretation of the thinking of Buddhist philosophy. The three times of wearing the garlands in this story symbolized the short moment of a person’s brilliant life and too quickly in the samsara of human lives.

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