Analysis Of 'The Temple' By Gao Xingjian

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People think that we live our lives separately from each other, never considering that part of who we are as individuals, comes from our interaction with the outside world. Grandparents, parents, friends, and even complete strangers all help to underwrite in the decisions we make, as well as help shape the life in which we live in on a daily basis. Gao Xingjian, author of “The Temple”, takes us on a passage in understanding the want for personal growth, freedom and fulfillment. Sometimes the author leaves us guessing, giving us the opportunity to deduct what was going on, based on our own knowledge. The author knows that we may not know much about the topic, but he believes that we will make the right assumption. In this descriptive essay,…show more content…
Going up that mountain is also like looking into their own future, it is very interesting that during their path they try not to mention their past, they want to focus on their honeymoon and not spoil what it brings them. The denying of the past seems to be coming up a lot in this story, as narrator once mentions “We recalled years we had spent shoveling…those difficult times tickled away…leaving some sadness…” (p11), the narrator could say much more about that, but decides to leave it out, because what’s present, is more important than the past. Going on up to the mountain is a tough journey where they have to go through a lot of obstacles, but they know that the end result is worth it. On the way to the top they get this pain in their feet, which I believe symbolizes the hardships China had to go through during the Cultural Revolution, it shows that there were tough times but people managed to get through…show more content…
There is a social exchange between these two groups of individuals, where not only a sharing of food is evident, but also a sharing of thoughts. The couple pertains to be free in life, but in fact places restrictions upon not only themselves but also other people. Fangfang asks if the young boy is the man’s son, and then continues, “What about your wife?” (p15) A projection of how things are supposed to be happening is within this conversation, upholding to the image of perfection, and a perfect world with father and son, husband and wife relationships. The man and boy show that even though their lives aren’t perfect as this young couple may think they have enough love to be happy and content. The little boy has the cage with grasshoppers, which symbolizes the people of China, who are locked in their thoughts and who have no idea how the world lives. When the man gets up and leaves the conversation being held by them, life intervenes and suddenly the control that they tried to have gets taken away, and “We felt the chill of the mountain air.” (p15) Their perfect ideology of what perfect is, gets a concept of reality placed upon it, and changes the entire illusion that they live in, as life starts to breathe in over

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