The Celebrated Cases Of Judge Dee Essay

1500 Words Feb 23rd, 2016 6 Pages
In the book, "The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee" Judge Dee strategically solved three very difficult and treacherous cases, each with its own surprising culprit. Although Judge Dee was effective in solving the murders themselves, his flagrant disrespect to the elderly (a form of Xiao), obvious lack of humanity and courtesy towards his citizens and the people in his court (a form of Ren), and brazen use of spirituality (dreams and ghosts), and not pragmatism or ethics, as means to deduce guilt shows that he was not effective according to Confucian principles. To aid with this argument, effectiveness means the "The quality of achieving an intended result," and even though Dee solved the murders that he encountered, the means in which he solved the murders grossly breached the fundamental facets and ideas of Confucianism. To prove that he was ineffective, one must prove that Dee 's actions breached Confucian values and that he had alternative actions that could have maintained his integrity. This important fact shows that any reasonable person can see that Judge Dee was a truly ineffective judge in the eye of Confucianism.
First, Judge Dee 's own impatience made him violate the sacred Confucian value of Xiao or the idea of piety towards one 's elders. One truly visible example of such an incident comes from his meeting with the old constable, who kindly revealed the truth of "Turnip Pass" (Dee Goong An 119) When the old man talked about how kind Dee was for hearing his (Old…

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