王熙凤 ‘Sinister'

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Baoyu's elder Cousin-in-law.

The author conveys the idea of fake and superficiality by the character WangXiFeng. In the beginning of the novel she is represented in a capable, clever and amusing way becuase Xifeng is in charge of the daily running of the Rongguo household and keeps both Lady Wang and Grandmother Jia entertained with her constant jokes and amusing chatter, which this shows how powerful she is .

However as the novel continues, the author portrays her as being helpless toward the poor and cruel enough to kill, therefore suggesting that she is one of the most multi-faceted personalities in the novel.

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