The Awakening Citizen Figures in Lao She’s Novels

Dan LI


Lao She was not the only writer describing citizens in modern literature, but compared with other writers at the same times, Lao She never considered self as enlightenment. He observed people’s life and felt people’s feelings as a common citizen. His perspective made up the mainstream literature’s neglect over the awakening of people in 1920s and 1930s. In this paper, the author categorized the awaken citizens into three types, i.e. the spontaneous awakening, the occasional awakening, and the consciousness awakening. This analysis outlines the citizen figures in Lao She’s novels more clearly.

Key words: Lao She; Citizen figure; The awakening


Lao She, Citizen figure, The awakening


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Lao She. (1999). Complete Works of Lao She (Vol.14). Beijing: People’s Literature Publishing House.

Shu Yi. (2000). A Forward of Research Papers on Lao She’s Works. Edited by Li, Runxin & Zhou, Siyuan. Beijing: People’s Literature Publishing House, Feb.



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