'CaoXueQing' reflects on the twist and the turns that society is bound to collapse by a dreamlike sense.The name of the main family, "贾" is pronunced the same in Mandarin as "假" which means false, fake, fictitious, deceitful or sham. 

Furthermore the novel is called 'Red Mansion' , thus "Red"  suggests the Buddhist idea that the whole world is "red dust" (红尘), merely illusory and to be shunned.

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