The Circle of Chalk Essay - Critical Essays

Li Xingfu


(Critical Survey of Literature, Revised Edition)

A typical Chinese classical play in four acts (with a prologue) of the Yuan dynasty (1259-1368), The Circle of Chalk is remarkable for the beauty of its lyrical verse. The plot of the original play is concerned with a case of murder and a disputed son solved by a Solomon-like judge. The love affair between the prince and the commoner was introduced by the German adapter, who also widened the application of the symbolic circle of chalk.