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Fallen Youth: A Trembling Loner

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Yu Hua provides a rural and small town version of teenage coming-of-age experiences through some of his short stories and his full-length novel Cries in the Drizzle. In Cries in the Drizzle, the narrative is developed through the interactions between the families and their children: the protagonist Guanglin, and his friends Su Yu, Guoqing and Lulu. In a certain sense, the story of these adolescents is a history of their abandonment by their families, with paternal figures being particularly problematical. The sexuality experienced by Yu Hua's young characters is closely related to disillusion, violence, and destruction. By exploring teenage sexual anxiety and teenagers' disillusionment with their experiments in love, Yu Hua intends to demonstrate another aspect of his young characters' subjectivity and individuality. After Cries in the Drizzle, Yu Hua continued to explore the inner world of young men coming of age amidst an emotional background of fear and restlessness.

Keywords: adolescents; Cries in the Drizzle; sexuality; Yu Hua



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