Raise In Red Lantern Essay

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Raise In Red Lantern

In ¡§Raise the Red Lantern¡¨, the symbolic implications of the ancestral altar in the
central reception hall go beyond the family walls, because it displays the portraits of
all the powerful officals in the Chen family, thus suggesting the entire patriarchal
tradition and its political power.


In ¡§Raise the Red Lantern¡¨, the red lantern, an invented icon here (and one accused
of being a fake cultural signifier used merely for sensational purposes), is the film¡¦s
central symbol and most important metaphor. The colour red is a symbol of sexuality and
eroticism, but no longer of passion. More importantly, it turns out to be associated with
patriarchal and political power. To get the lantern lit refers to the victory of one woman
over all the others, but at the same time it still represents failure for all the women
because the woman who gains the lit lantern must be totally exposed, under the red light,
before the gaze and under the control of the man. The color red here remains a symbol of
blood and death, as in the death scenes of both the servant Yan¡¦er and the third wife,
who dared to disobey the rules.


The sound of the foot massages in Raise the Red Lantern echoes very well the rhythm of
tension, obsession, and desire in the daily life of Chen¡¦s household. It seems to be
the only promising and stimulating sound for the wives in that deadly quiet mansion.
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