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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 34: The Art of Chin Ping Mei Organizational Patterns of the Novel s Linear Progression: The novel is built out of ten-chapter units. Each unit tends to develop a particular thematic-line through the early chapters, to be interrupted by the introduction of a significant twist or new development, usually in the 7th chapter, and to culminate in a climax of some sort in the 9th chapter. These repetitive patterns produce a wave-like effect. The artistic order created by these repetitive patterns in the linear progression of the novel is imposed upon the life of excess and disorder described in the novel. This artistic order resembles that found in the text of Xunzi , the collection of the philosophical essays written by the ancient Confucian thinker Xunzi (ca. 298-238 BCE). Overall Structure of the Novel: The novel can further be described as being organized into three large parts: The introduction: Chapters 1-20 The main body: Chapters 21-80 The conclusion: Chapters 81-100 The Introduction: The first 20 chapters, which we have studied in this course, make up the introduction. The major characters are assembled in the Hsi-men Ching household which serves as the setting of the main action of the novel....
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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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