Zhou Yu’s Train by Sun Zhou is a story about a woman, Zhou Yu, who is torn between her mind and
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Zhou Yu’s Train by Sun Zhou is a story about a woman, Zhou Yu, who is torn between her mind and heart. (Havis, 2004) She has to choose to stay either with the poet Chen Qing or the vet Zhang Qiang, but the choice is not easy for her. Therefore she continues her travels with train until she finds the answer of this question in the face of the death. Zhou Yu’s Train sets the question was her love relationship with Zhang Qiang a reality, represents the new status of poets and women in Chinese society in Modern China.
The Zhou Yu’s story is a paradox, which question the reality of existence of her relationship with Chen Qing. Firstly, there is an emotional or physical distance between them that is not typical for couples who are together. For…show more content…
Then as a contra argument Xiu finds the broken piece of the bowl in the train which symbolizes the broken love as a proof that this love existed, and the final scene of the lake proving that Zhou Yu also existed. In conclusion, by challenging the notion of existence of such relationship, it is created the feeling that their love is on the verge between reality and dreams.
Secondly, the story challenges the problem of the changed status of the poets in China. Although they were highly respected in early Chinese dynasties, poets in the 20th century as part of the Chinese intelligence, which is not favoured by the Communist party, became highly unpopular in China. (King, 2004) In the movie for example no one knows who Chen Qing is and although Zhou Yu helps him to make popular the event, no one comes. Such thing may be consequence of the fact that poetry was regarded during this time only as an instrument of the political party for propaganda and that society did not indulged in any kind of art except the traditional and communist. (King, 2004) Moreover, Chen Qing is not rich, in contrary to the great Confucius who lived richly, he only works in a small library and lives simple life, judging from his bead and living conditions. Furthermore, poetry other than propaganda is hard to be published and authors have to invest their own money in order their book to be printed which is a paradox when in today’s societies they live poorly. (King, 2004) In conclusion, the