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The Historical Reception of The Injustice to Dou E by Comparing Two Versions and Different Stage Designs of the Play Across Time

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DOI: 10.25236/assah.2021.041


Celina Xie

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Celina Xie


The paper takes a look at a popular, fictional Chinese story, The Injustice to Dou E, and how the original story has been altered by authors from different periods to highlight the particular social inequities of their time. The theme of the book, inhumanity and barbarity against the innocent Dou E, remains the same in all the versions, however, some alterations are made to showcase the specific depravity of humankind from the author??s generation. For example, the Guan Hanqing??s version of Doe E, majorly focuses on the aspect of inequality, where the poor are regularly oppressed by the elite. Whereas Cowhig??s version brings to light a more serious issue overlooked by the government of China in the name of profit. Cowhig exposes the vile realities by showing how Dou E??s soul can never att


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