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Writing on Shadows and Madness of Cultural Revolution: Physical Marvel in Yu Hua's Early Novels
Yu Hua's early avant-garde works with Cultural Revolution as the background include a medium-length novel 1986 and a short novel "The Past and the Punishment". This paper will focus on descriptions of the body, punishment, violence and madness displayed by the characters. Besides the preface, this paper is divided into three sections: (1) Body fear: the happiness and non-happiness of the past shade; (2) Body punishment: the mutual suppression of imagination and reality; (3) Body awakening: away from madness in the death. The first section discusses how Cultural Revolution affects the characters' minds. The second section describes under the shadow of Cultural Revolution, the survivors undergo the mental repetition of the past by way of imaginational torture and masochism punishment, which is the mark of historical fresh in reality. But the public is indifferent towards all the performances of punishment and violence. In the real world, does the public who has forget the trauma of history show another kind of madness? The third section examines the arrangement of characters' ending, showing that the reminding of the past is necessary in Yu Hua's creations, otherwise the body will get the final salvation through death.
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