1/22 - Peony Pavilion Tuesday, February 03, 2009 6:39 PM Broken well and tumbled wall Represent boundaries? Gloomy background Peony Blooms later than other flowers "Late bloomer" but beautiful when they do bloom 15 years old considered late at the time Lateness makes for intensity of desire Self-pity She only has herself and no contact with the outside world Dreams are product of our mental capacity Can create a whole new world that is not controlled by reality Portrait and Poem Extends her own physical life Moves the plot along Preserves her beauty and youth from deterioration Radical subjectivity? Ultimate love Consumes life Does not have physical barriers Transcends common sense Love in a dream, why can't it be real? It is self-generated and therefore more real, not physically inspired
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