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Resistance and Resignation——The Multimodal Metaphor Analysis of the Dreams in A Dream of Red Mansions

XU Junqi;LIU ling;School of Foreign Languages,Hubei Univ.of Tech.;  
In order to interpret the connotative meaning which Cao Xueqin conveyed by virtue of the dreams,this paper selects six typical dreams concerning with the destiny of the characters and whole family,carrying on a deep analysis on the theoretical framework of multi-modal metaphor.Through the analysis,it can be found that these dreams are designed to demonstrate the unavailing pursuit of the characters and the doomed fate of the whole family.To be specific,these dreams are mirrors of the resistance and helplessness in the face of predetermined fate.Also a new angle is been provided for the illustration of cultural connotation of A Dream of Red Mansions.
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