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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2022, 5(18); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2022.051805.

Badness and Struggle in Underclass: Character Image Analysis on Detective Sun in the Novel Camel Xiangzi


Haiyue Jiang

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Haiyue Jiang

Chinese Language and Literature Faculty, Liaocheng University, Liaocheng, 252003, China


Camel Xiangzi is an immortal literature that wins universal praise. In this article, the author maintains his focus on the minor character --Detective Sun, tries to analyze his characteristics and figure out the reason and significance that he is shaped in the novel. Although this article analyzes the reasons that lead to the wickedness and hard life of people at the bottom of society from a different perspective, it also works in reflecting the living condition of the lower classes in the Old China. The author analyzes Detective Sun’s characteristics from mainly 3 aspects in this article. The first is to study the humanistic part as well as bestial part of this character in depth. The second is to dissect and speculate the reasons that cause his specific words and behaviors. The third is to make analysis on other related persons of his son generation, trying to figure out the common reasons that result in his character. We can draw a conclusion: Detective Sun is a spy who comes from the lowest class. He is extremely poor and makes a living via following and working for exploiting class, via helping them to persecute other ordinary people that come from the same class of him. He is not only a victim of the dark society, but part of the darkness. 


Camel Xiangzi, Detective Sun, Proletariat, Minor Character Image, Underclass

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Haiyue Jiang. Badness and Struggle in Underclass: Character Image Analysis on Detective Sun in the Novel Camel Xiangzi. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2022) Vol. 5, Issue 18: 29-32. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2022.051805.


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