Xiao Rang – Water Margin

圣手书生萧让 - 《水浒传》


“Xiao Rang” 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.

Xiao Rang is depicted as a former imperial army officer who joins the group of 108 outlaws at Liangshan Marsh. Despite his military background, Xiao Rang is portrayed as a kind and compassionate individual who is always ready to help those in need. He is known for his wisdom and strategic insight, and is often called upon by the other outlaws to help resolve disputes and plan battles.

In the larger context of the novel, Xiao Rang represents the archetype of the wise and noble warrior, who uses his military expertise and moral authority to promote justice and defeat evil. He is also a symbol of the transformative power of friendship and loyalty, as he is able to find a new sense of purpose and fulfillment among the outlaws after leaving the imperial army.

Despite his relatively minor role in the novel, Xiao Rang is remembered as one of the most memorable and beloved characters in “Water Margin.” His wisdom, compassion, and bravery continue to inspire readers and audiences, and serve as a reminder of the importance of morality and justice in the face of oppression and corruption.

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