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AbstractXiao Qian (1910-1999) was introduced to the Bible at a very young age and was well equipped with Biblical knowledge as he grew up. The heavy influence of the Christianity culture and narrative style of the Bible had later reflected in his own writings. Although he was named the "anti-Christ" writer by the critics due to the contents of some of his writings, one will realize that the criticisms are feasible as one learns about Xiao's childhood and the historical background of that period of time. He had once declared his stand on this matter, "the things that I revealed and criticized about were the obsessive belief in the 20s and the relationship between religion and imperialism, not religion itself. I respect Jesus, the oppressed national leader, and I also treasure the Bible and the importance of Jesus Christ's life in the history of Western art and culture. I respect the freedom of belief and hence there would not be any reasons for me to against Christianity or other religions." Just as what he had said, not only did he acknowledge the existence of Jesus, he even recognized the contribution of Jesus and the Bible. Therefore, we argued that the criticisms based on Xiao's writings were biased. Xiao Qian had spent a tough childhood in the Catholic school. China was suffering from the invasion and oppression from the Western Imperialism in the 1820s. Along with the invasion of imperialism, Christianity had penetrated into the culture and the society of China. At the same time, there were many pastors who abused the power of the religion for personal gain as well as false Christians. Xiao had witnessed and experienced a lot of "rice Christians" in his childhood days, and therefore he created such characters in his writings in order to criticize them. This can be seen as the reflection of that period of time. We believed that the Bible had multiple influences on Xiao's writings, such as the narrative perspective, the use of irony and rhetorical styles.
TypeFinal Year Project (FYP)