Zhilong wrote:If a letter could do this to him, then the problem would still lie with Guan Yu himself.
Dong Zhou wrote:It could be the other way round, the letter failed in it's task to soothe Guan Yu's insecurities and with everyone doing something major recently, Guan Yu felt he needed to do something.
Guan Yu's SGZ wrote:Upon finishing the letter, Guan Yu was overjoyed and showed the letter to the guests present.
Lady Wu wrote:Hmm, that raises some really interesting questions.
Was Guan Yu really feeling insecure? About what? And why? I mean, if Liu Bei and Zhuge Liang didn't think he was awesome, they wouldn't have sent him to guard Jingzhou. Or was he just plain arrogant? (Though, a lot of times, arrogance stems from insecurity, and the whole "showing letter to guests" thing really reeks of insecurity.)
Lady Wu wrote:I wouldn't really say that Zhuge's letter led to Guan Yu's death, though it might have been a catalyst. But I mean, how else could the situation be handled? It wouldn't make sense for the test of skill to happen (it would have been nice, except who would guard Jingzhou then? And what if one of them is maimed?). Zhuge couldn't very well say "Yeah Yunchang you suck just live with it." And since Guan Yu was said to be "haughty against the gentry", I doubt a lecturing would do him any good, either. So Zhuge took the most obvious solution: stroke Guan Yu's ego first and then convince him not to duel Ma Chao.
But what this would mean is that Guan Yu led to his own downfall, like Zhilong said. Nothing Zhuge could have done would have solved the issue.
Guan Yan wrote:I reckon that Zhuge Liang should not have said the truth, I reckon he should have said Ma Chao is better so Guan Yu would try even harder, he might even try to do a yan liang on Xu Huang or something.
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