Shan Tinggui – Water Margin

圣水将单廷珪 - 《水浒传》


“Shan Tinggui” is a character in the classical Chinese novel “Water Margin,” also known as “Outlaws of the Marsh.” The novel is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature and is set in the Song dynasty.

Shan Tinggui is depicted as a former government official who joins the group of 108 outlaws at Liangshan Marsh. Despite his former position of power and prestige, Shan Tinggui is portrayed as a humble and modest individual who is always willing to help others. He is known for his honesty and integrity, and is widely respected by the other outlaws for his virtue and sense of justice.

In the larger context of the novel, Shan Tinggui represents the archetype of the virtuous and honest official, who is able to rise above corruption and serve the people with honor and dignity. He is also a symbol of the transformative power of friendship and solidarity, as he is able to find a new sense of purpose and fulfillment among the outlaws after leaving the government.

Despite his relatively minor role in the novel, Shan Tinggui is remembered as one of the most memorable and beloved characters in “Water Margin.” His honesty, integrity, and compassion continue to inspire readers and audiences, and serve as a reminder of the importance of morality and justice in the face of corruption and greed.

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