After reading “Diary of a madman” I believe although the main character is a suffering from fear of persecution of “mad men”, but the thrust of the work is not to write down the working people being persecuted by and certainly not a mental patient “documentary literature”, but to borrow mad men to reveal the essence of anthropophagi eating people for thousands of years. Society is constantly being manipulated and controlled by the masses of people who know no better than to follow tradition. Lu xun’s poem gives the representation of a culture that has conformed to the Cannibalistic nature of humans corrupting them-selves over and over again therefore feeding upon themselves. What’s interesting is that the story refers to the fact that China has a long history of incidents of cannibalism. Following the idea that history tends to repeat itself. Only through willingness to change and evolution can societies transform their behaviors and actions giving way to improvement. Mad men in the works, is actually a symbolic image. The key image of a madman is the understanding of mad men is true or false. Is the madman really insane? Is he perhaps saner than those around him?, and Who decides? The diary of a madman in the performance of its theme is a stark display of enlightenment thought. The enlightenment thought of diary of a madman, mainly in the anthropophagi deep to expose, critique to the numbing ignorance of national character, as well as firm belief and warm wishes for the future.
The madman narrator believes that the people of his town are plotting to kill and eat him. Mad men see Zhao’s strange glances, Kids hard face, along the way people whisper about, open mouth, woman on the street saying ‘ bite you several mouths “, relate to the time of famine Wolf village tenant tells the story of cannibalism. From his older brother began to suspect that the current arrangement of normal expression. His pulse read as doctor “kick a stick fat lean”, asked to take the medicine, “hurry and eat” to mean just eating him, and due to this community are people who society has long been the social history is a history of cannibalism. In the poem author uses animal imagery such, “Savage as a lion, timid as a rabbit, crafty as a fox” to describe Zhao family’s dog’ barking. In Chinese tradition the dog usually represent the owner of it, so what kind of dog you have means what kind of master you are. Also rich and powerful people’s dogs are usually more vicious because they can rely on their owners. If anything goes wrong, they can get away from punishment easily. Mad men review and where there are many psychological disorders and paranoia, but demonstrated a clear understanding, spokesman for deep thought and insight. In this regard, the most prominent are the previously mentioned he wrote “virtue and morality” found a few cracks in the history of the word eat human nature. This passage lifted the veil of anthropophagi in China thousands of years, revealing the anthropophagi in the spirit of the people ‘, reveals the feudal slavery, repressive criminal. Poem uses of everyday life for most people in the first place often onlookers or look, talk about a madman, against arousing “persecution” in patients with inner fears, gradually leads to the topic. Looking at the people around him, those victim such as : “magistrate’s orders, faces slapped by the gentry, wives ravished by yamen clerks, their dads and moms dunned to death by creditors”, however, they not only failed to rise up and eat people, but would also like to eat people. Authors are confused, angry and believe they can change.
At the end of the poem, there is such a thing: “now that I know I’m someone with four thousand years’ experience of cannibalism behind me, how hard it is to look real human beings in the eye!”, Lu Xun here as “I” is not a specific person, but a set of art, of course, the “I” can only be a person, only human beings can carry some kind of human consciousness, however, this person was not true of “persecution” patients, Lu Xun as artists do not like doctors and researchers, the record describes a patient’s symptoms.