This thesis will compare the romantic stories between respectively three relationships from “The Legend of Condor Heroes” and five tunes of “Tragedy and Chivalry Sentiment” to outline romantic characteristics of the two famous works. Altogether divides into five chapters briefly stated as follows:
The Chapter One is an introduction and shows the research motivation, research scope and methods, and recent literatures about Chin Yung’s knight-errant novel, and details the typology and characteristics of knight-errant novel. Based on these typology and characteristics, this chapter reviews sources and development of Chinese knight-errant novels.
The Chapter Two sketches the romantic stories of “The Legend of Condor Heroes” and five tunes of “Tragedy and Chivalry Sentiment” and then scratches out whole plots and their romantic value in the bases of respectively three relationships of the two works. The first section is to present the development and analysis of main three romantic relationships in “The Legend of Condor Heroes.” The three relationships indicates Jing Guo and Rong Huang, Kuang Yang and Nian-Ci Mu,、Xuan-Fong Chang and Chao-Fong Mei. According to the three couples’ romantic interactions, this chapter will present a fixed model of romantic plot in Chin Yung’s works.
The second section focuses on three couples’ stories in “five tunes of tragedy and chivalry sentiment.” This section briefly shows the process of three couples’ romantic relationships and development. Those stories include dilemma between friendships and love faced by Mu-Bai Li and Xiu-Lian Yu, the relationships of love and enmity between Xiao-he Jiang and A-Luan Bao, and suffering relationships and love between Xiao-Hu Luo and Jiao-Long Yu not getting blessness under a feudal period.
Chapter Three, Four, and Five respectively present the comparative analysis of “The Legend of Condor Heroes” and “five tunes of tragedy and chivalry sentiment.” Creation and development of romantic relationships have a close connection with characters’ personality and growth backgrounds. So, Chapter Three, Four, and Five respectively discuss and compare “romantic story between couple of Jing Guo and Rong Huang and couple of Mu-Bai Li and Xiu-Lian Yu, between couple of Kuang Yang and Nian-Ci Mu and couple of Xiao-he Jiang and A-Luan Bao, and between couple of Xuan-Fong Chang and Chao-Fong Mei and couple of Xiao-Hu Luo and Jiao-Long Yu
Further, based on the three different couples’ stories, I discuss and make further analysis about development process of romantic relationships, the dynamical change of psychology, and the ending of romantic relationships. Also, about characters’ images and descriptive skills, the characters in the two works have their own unique personality and weakness in human nature that are not perfect creation of personality shaped by the authors. On the images of male and female characters, the thesis will discuss and evaluate their behavior styles, upright or dishonest, in the bases of virtue, aesthetics, and moral integrity.