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The Connection Between The Nature In "The Tale Of Kieu" And Kieu's Life.

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When I was young, I lived in a countryside region. Every month, when the moon was full, my family gathered in the courtyard around a fire. My grandmother usually recited some line from Truyen Kieu of Nguyen Du. Under the fluorescing light of the moon, with breezing winds, I felt like every single line of poem melted into my body. Especially whenever my grandmother read a line about the image of nature, I felt the connection between the nature in "the Tale of Kieu" and Kieu's Life. Nguyen Du employs the description of nature to deliver the theme of this story. I say this because thought the use of nature symbol, the "Tale of Kieu" expresses the determination to endure the toughest reality and thereby to master even the cruelest destiny.Nature and Kieu's destiny go along together. Nature is the mirror reflects what in Keiu minds and souls. Through the description of nature, we can understand what deep down inside Kieu. In other words, nature is the monologue of Kieu. She always believes in destiny. Nature always follows the cycle of life. Nature has its own rule and sticks with it. Likewise, influenced by the philosophy of Confucian, Kieu abides her misfortunates and considers she deserves them. At the beginning of her trails of tear, when Kieu agrees to sell herself to get three hundred liang, she believes her act will repay what her parents gave to her. It is her fate that she has to endure such a bizarre life like this. Du cleverly uses the images of a small raindrop and a leaf of grass to express that Kieu is so small in life. Her voices could not be listened. "A raindrop does not brood on its poor fate; a leaf of grass repays three months of spring." (Line 619-620) Ironically, although she sacrifices herself- an enormous self-forgo- she stills thinks it is her responsible to do that and she just do a little thing to pay her parents. Her act is just like a small raindrop with a poor fate. A raindrop falls down from the sky without intention. She has to fall down to a dirty life without any choice. She accepts it without any complaint like a small grass.Nature also reflects what Kieu thinks and feels. By means of nature, Du gives space for Kieu to express her own thinking. By just some of line of natural description, the reader is put in the minds of Kieu and shared the same feelings with her. No matter how sad or pessimistic Kieu feels, the reader can see the acceptant and endurance in Kieu's minds. In the wonderful stanza of Kieu at Crystal Tower, Du skillfully creates the whole grey and gloomy pictures to show the sadness and lonely of Kieu. Besides, Kieu still bears the hardest reality. She just feels sad about it. She never has the idea to fight against it run away from it. "She sadly watched the harbor in grey dusk--whose...

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