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The Literary Features of “Wu Zi”

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DOI: 10.25236/icallh.2020.037


Li Qi, Ma Shinian

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Ma Shinian


“Wu Zi” is a famous military book in the pre-Qin period. As a part of Wujing Qishu, it has been circulated for a long time and has far-reaching influence. Its content includes many military operations and governing the country. Therefore, few people pay attention to its literary features such as language and rhetoric. “Wu Zi” does talk a lot about military affairs and is limited by its subject matter. Its literary status cannot be compared with the implicit and meaningful Analects of Confucius, the imposing Mencius, and the concise and smooth Sun Zi. However, it still has its own characteristics and certain excavation value and cannot be ignored


“Wu Zi”, Language style, Rhetorical devices, the art of speech