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四大名 著 Sì dà míngzhù. Four Great Classical Novels. Luxi Dan Feng Chinese101. Four Famous Chinese Classics: Journey to the West (“Monkey King”) 西遊記  Xī Yóu Jì Water Margin 水浒传 S hui Hu Zhuan Romance of the Three Kingdoms 三国演 义

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four great classical novels

四大名著

Sìdàmíngzhù

Four Great Classical Novels

Luxi

Dan Feng Chinese101

introduction

Four Famous Chinese Classics:

    • Journey to the West (“Monkey King”) 西遊記 XīYóuJì
    • Water Margin 水浒传 Shui Hu Zhuan
    • Romance of the Three Kingdoms 三国演义
    • Dream of the Red Chamber 红楼梦 HóngLóuMèng
Introduction
compare cultures

Classic American Novels:

    • The Great Gatsby
    • The Scarlett Letter
    • To Kill a Mockingbird
    • Of Mice and Men
  • All about human nature
  • Classic Chinese Novels:
    • About China as a nation
    • Government protects country from foreigners and rebels
    • Historical
    • Chinese aristocracy
    • Punishment -- enlightenment
Compare Cultures
new findings

Journey to the West (“Monkey King”) 西遊記 XīYóuJì

    • Monkey King is not the main character
    • Summary: Story of the Buddhist monk Xuanzang on his pilgrimage to India. He meets four friends – Sun Wukong (the Monkey King), Zhu Bajie (Pig), ShaWujing , Yulong (Dragon Prince in the form of a white horse) who help him on his journey in order to obtain enlightenment and forgiveness for their sins
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMRnUIsPMeQ
New Findings
summary

Discover how the novels reflect Chinese culture and social values (national pride, Buddhism, etc.)

  • Both cultures’ books are hard to read !!!
Summary