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Study on the Comparison between Junzi Education and Gentleman Education -- Taking Great Expectations for Example

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DOI: 10.23977/trance.2021.030409 | Downloads: 10 | Views: 522


Wang Dengwen 1, Liao Yiting 1


1 School of Foreign Languages of Gannan Normal University, Ganzhou, Jiangxi, 341000, China

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Wang Dengwen


Chinese and western educational modes differs greatly. Chinese Junzi education centres on the cultivation of people's internal culture, and restrains the external behavior through the cultivation of inner virtue to achieve the purpose of being a Jnnzi. Gentleman education, on the contrary, affects inner cognition by regulating external behavior habits, and improves one's own ability by learning a wide range of applied knowledge to foster talents needed by the country. By analyzing the gentleman image of Pip in Great Expectations, this paper explores the gentleman education and compares it with Junzi education in China. Different from Locke's gentleman education, it analyzes gentleman education in Dickens' novel Great Expectations from a new angle, and compares gentleman education with Junzi education from three aspects: educational purposes, educational contents and educational methods.


Junzi education, Gentleman education, Comparative study


Wang Dengwen, Liao Yiting. Study on the Comparison between Junzi Education and Gentleman Education -- Taking Great Expectations for Example. Transactions on Comparative Education (2021) Vol. 3: 50-55. DOI:


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