Sun Gongli wrote:While I would have thought it would be more honorable to die, honor was not as big a deal as it may seem. Guan Yu was simply being practical, and since Cao Cao was willing to pamper and bend over backwards for him as well as allow him to rejoin Liu Bei at a later date, it was a matter of dying for nothing or living with the chance for reunion.
That being said, I don't feel that Guan Yu is as honorable as the legends say. He was honorable enough if he wanted something from you, but if not? He'd probably belittle and berate you. Why else would he feign surrender to Sun Quan just to try to save his own life? Whereas Huang Gai and Zhou Fang were willing to die when they feigned defection to Wei, when Guan Yu feigned surrender to Wu, he was merely using it as a ploy to escape. He probably didn't expect Sun Quan to actually kill him.
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