Lecture%2018 - Lecture 18: Jing Ke the Assassin (?-227...

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Lecture 18: Jing Ke the Assassin (?-227 BCE), as Represented in Sima Qian’s Biography
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Jing Ke, the Assassin
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Jing Ke, as played by Zheng Fengyi in “The Emperor and the Assassin” (1999)
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Sima Qian’s Method in Writing Biographies Each biography is designed to give insight into the personality and essential worth of the subject. His usual method is to put down the cold facts and let them speak to the reader, with minimal comments from him except at the end of every biography. Omniscient narration. No black and white portrait of a person; different aspects of a person are presented. Most of his subjects emerge as complex, real, and very much alive personalities. Most of Sima Qian’s heroes are flawed: impulsive, sometime vain, individualistic (cynical at times), sincere, reckless and erratic. His biographies are distinguished for their tremendous dramatic power in description. Shame culture versus guilt culture.
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Sima Qian’s “Biography of Jing Ke”: The Man “Biography of Jing Ke” (BOJK) is the last of five accounts that
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2010 for the course ASIAN 361 taught by Professor Shuen-fulin during the Fall '09 term at University of Michigan.

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