TheGreatNads wrote:I'm not assuming anything. However, it's a possibility that they will revolt, and that would cause Cao Cao many problems. And the Yellow Turbans were untrained farmers with no leader. There's a big difference.
There's also a big difference between the numbers 300,000 and 80,000. Also, the 80,000 were surrendered
soldiers, not just enemy soldiers who were still keen on fighting. How do you know they still even had their weapons? In fact, with your reasoning, why would Cao Cao even bother accepting the services of ANY surrendered soldiers or generals and use them at all? How would he know for sure that they would never turn on him in action, which would obviously cause him many problems?
TheGreatNads wrote:A stupid mistake by me there. I meant to say he did send a consort to be strangled to death.
That's almost mild, considering he beat the other one to death himself.
TheGreatNads wrote:Look at it this way. It's like saying Hitler would be more hated if he killed killed 100 more people after he had already killed thousands. He wouldn't be more hated, he would be hated just the same as he was before, because he had already killed thousands, and the others won't make a difference. But all I was saying is that, LGZ did in some ways make Cao Cao worse in the novel.(Like the example I used earlier.)
But there is a difference. Specific incidences and details tear at the heart and conjure up images in one's mind, whereas just stating so-and-so killed 100 people does not as much, since it's not as personal. Of course the LGZ Cao Cao seemed a lot worse, especially compared to the righteousness of many of the Shu characterss portrayals. However, that doesn't mean LGZ made Cao Cao out to the worst that he could have been. This is not only with the exclusion of some massacres, but those specific incidences as well. In fact, I don't recall it being in SGYY how Cao Cao forced his long-time advisor Xun Yu to commit suicide. Now is that any way to treat a guy who was so vital in the foundation of Wei?
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