Positive: The greatest fighter of the era.
SGYY actually, the ah point of this topic.PrimeMinister Bu Zhi wrote:Positive: The greatest fighter of the era.
PrimeMinister Bu Zhi wrote:Positive: The greatest fighter of the era.
Lady Wu wrote:I rather think that anyone who's able to stand up as an independent force against the likes of Cao Cao, Liu Bei, and Yuan Shu for as long as he did should be considered a capable person. Lu Bu was also able to command the loyalty and respect of people like Zhang Liao, Gao Shun, and Chen Gong. It's hard to tell from the novel (or even his historical biography) why these people were willing to die for him, but I think it's unquestionable that these people chose to follow him. Unlike Dong Zhuo and Cao Cao, who nominally operated under the emperor, or Liu Bei, who claimed imperial blood, or the two Yuan's, who came from a prestigious family--Lu Bu had nothing, neither power nor land nor legitimacy. He must, then, have sufficient charisma to attract those worthy people to himself and have them be willing to die for his cause.
Then there was also Diao Chan. Did she love him? Did he love her? Their relationship is one of the only two relationships described in any detail in the novel (the other being Liu Bei + Lady Sun)--but not enough detail. The rest is up to the reader's imagination. Even if one despises Lu Bu for putting women and personal affections above greater things (like success in war/politics), I think it's hard not to have a slight bit of sympathy for him.
And he is not all that bad. Lu Bu saved Liu Bei from Ji Ling (how many warlords do you find that served as intermediaries? Liu Bei is the only one I can think of (between Cao Cao and Tao Qian)). He did not harm Liu Bei's family even after he captured the city.
He may be dumb, irresolute, driven by petty gains, but Lu Bu is human. He has loved, has been feared, has stood proudly unchallenged on battlefield; he was tempted, was used, was uncertain about his goal in life. I think it's these human experiences that, when combined with his military prowess, that transform a man with a record of mediocre achievements into a flawed romantic hero (in some people's eyes, at least).
Lu Bu was cool.
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