Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Humanities and Social Science Research (ICHSSR 2020)

Why is Luxun’s “Nora” Different: The Cultural Account for the Divergent Heroines Between A Doll’s House and Lament Over the Dead

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Fangming Gong
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Fangming Gong
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https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.200428.006How to use a DOI?
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Luxun, Ibsen, A Doll’s House, Lament over the Dead
Abstract

“Nora” is originally the heroine in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House who seeks for her dignity and independence by way of leaving her family. In 1925, Chinese leading writer Luxun imitated Nora’s runaway and composed a novel Lament over the Dead. However, this work’s heroine Zijun sinks to a miserable anti-hero as a result of her courage in runaway, which show a striking contrast to the original Nora. This thesis argues that the different cultural environment faced by Chinese and Northern European women in the early twentieth century causes the divergent expectations in the action of runaway between Luxun and Ibsen. The historical and cultural environment in Northern Europe benefits feminist movement and, therefore, becomes the fertile ground of feminist heroes. In contrast, the cultural environment in the time of Old Democratic Revolution hindered Feminist Movement in China, and punished the action of runaway. The above cultural difference is the vital reason for the distinct ending of the Luxun’s Zijun and Ibsen’s Nora. By his work, Luxun remonstrates that in China, the deliverance of the “Doll” in an old family demands much more than personal runaway because it would involve the fundamental transformation of the whole cultural environment.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Humanities and Social Science Research (ICHSSR 2020)
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Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
1 May 2020
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978-94-6252-960-1
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2352-5398
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https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.200428.006How to use a DOI?
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© 2020, the Authors. Published by Atlantis Press.
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This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

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