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The Diary Of A Madman Essay

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In the story, Diary of a Madman, by Lu Xun, we come across a man visiting his brother, only to realize something is not right, but as the story goes on, the protagonist seems to be unfolding a horrific secret about the village, though is the village the horrific one, or has the protagonist gone mad? Lu Xun's way of telling the story by using the character’s perspective, the pace of the story and the wording can affect the meaning or interpretation for the reader.
As the story name implies, the events that unfold in the village are in the perspective of the protagonist, and the villagers view him as the madman; leading to his inevitable imprisonment. In the story, the reader constantly ...view middle of the document...

As the story goes on, he comes more frantic and paranoid of the villagers, but as he talks to one of the villagers, he gets some information on how the village may actually be eating people; in part VIII, during the protagonist's confrontation with the young man, " 'No one's eating anyone; it's not a famine year.' I knew then that he, too, was one of their number: that he too feasted on human flesh." What the young man said could have been considered as a joke, but the protagonist took his words seriously, meaning, to him, that the young man was a part of the conspiracy; could the protagonist be correct?
The story starts off slow; for the character is oblivious to the brothers he hasn’t seen in many years and knows nothing of what is going, according to him, in the village. Though as soon as he starts seeing furious eyes following him everywhere he goes, even the children are ogling him, he starts to ponder more and more, but then the story also starts to speed up; the faster the protagonist thinks, the faster the story progresses. When the madman picks up the crazy idea of the villagers are cannibals, he starts to go around, asking questions, but also digs for information in his brother’s journal. As he starts to think faster and faster, creating correlations with villager’s conversations, notes in a journal, and his observations, events start to unfold even faster, for he starts to become more rapidly paranoid about his surroundings. Everything he does has scared him, and if the story was his imagination, he starts to create more and more ridiculous situations that, he feels, escalate the situation further and further, until he is stopped and imprisoned. Similar to a movie, the madman starts to run wild and rampant after being caught, or finding out the big secret of a villain, or group of people, and then events start to get crazier and crazier. If a reader were to look at the video as if the village was actually cannibals or the people just feel he is crazy, they are starting to group and converge on the madman, for he is starting to pose a risk to the people and a risk to himself. The same would happen if a person would to start go schizophrenic and hallucinate in our current society, but the pace of story gives off both feelings, we don’t know whether or not, for certain, that the madman is actually mad or the village is just...

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