Michelle Hudson. Hist 3338: Psa 1. Dr. Fan. 02/18/2017.

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Michelle Hudson
HIST 3338: PSA 1
Dr. Fan
Does Medicine Cure All Diseases?
In Lu Hsun’s short story “Medicine” brings an autobiographical and mystery element that highlights certain faults of Chinese socialism. According to the mandate of heaven an individual with given power, typically the emperor, has the right to rule the divine power. However, “Medicine” dichotomizes traditional Chinese culture by ridiculing that their really isn’t an essential culture. Lu Hsun critiques Confusion principle by comparing it through “cannibalistic” attributes. “Medicine” warns readers that the Confucian tradition will consume the future and does this through three important key factors: bringing opposite concepts to reveal the author 's …show more content…

Leaving the story with a high note of rebirth, fertility, and an age of a new era will emerge. Another clue takes place in the third section of the narrative revealing the time period being in the early twentieth century before the Qing Dynasty, the last imperial dynasty of China, “the great Qing empire belongs to us” (Hsun, Lu, pg.76) the reader can infer that a sense of revolutionary attitude is being presented by the character. Why did Lu Hsun give away the time period? This phrase introduces a recurring theme along the story of informative persuasive and it gives the reader a glimpse of the characters’ perspectives. As well as it foreshadows the execution of the son of Hsia told by Uncle Kang, Confucius, who characterizes the event in a negative tone by mocking the incompetence of the youth. By characterizing the executioner as a “real scoundrel” or a “young rogue” (Hsun, Lu, pg.75) gives a pedestal between traditional Chinese values versus the revolution of modernism occurring at the time. Not only does this event showcase Lu Hsun beliefs of finding a true “spiritual” medicine but it shows the level of progression China is facing in this time period. It gives the reader a clear foundation of the cultural complex in the first section of the story. Lu Hsun utilizes pathos to achieve this message of tradition ceding progression. Is medicine an art form or a social science? Lu Hsun relates this concept in this story by bringing opposite

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