Images of Growth: Embodied Metaphors in Adventures of
This chapter intends to reinterpret Lu Xun's ideas and how they became the originating point for modern China's image of children. Lu Xun's image of children is best described as multiply contradictory in its approach to the theories of human self-improvement that emerged in the Chinese enlightenment movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In Lu Xun's formulation, 'children of man' only comes into being in the specific cultural context of China's modern society in the 1900s and is a brand-new self-concept on the part of China's twentieth-century intellectuals. In order to better understand the uniqueness of Lu Xun's image of children, we can invoke his near contemporary Walter Benjamin, the German literary critic and philosopher. The May Fourth Movement saw Lu Xun's formal expression of his enlightenment image of children in 'What Is Required to Be a Father Today'. The paternal love is of vital importance to the changes in Lu Xun's image of children.