How Was Jing Ke’s Personality Shown in his Assassination Attempt?

The history of China is filled with a great number of magnificent events and figures, who left their imprint in the history of the country. One of such figures was Jing Ke, a king, who later on had to kill emperor of the great country, China. The events which, however, used to take place throughout the life of Jing Ke were followed by the situations and circumstances which are not easy to translate even this time, since they used to bear a dual character.

The historians frequently regard the process of Jing Ke’s assassination as the series of cruel and harsh events, which contributed to the political changes. Being a King of Qin state, the newly appointed emperor behaved as one of the bravest men of the country, and tried to protect his people. However, there were various circumstances which now can be regarded as the betrayal, in some way.


The traits of character which were proper to the assassin named Jing Ke could be characterized as both positive and negative. On the one hand, the desire to win and protect the country can be regarded as positive; while the means which he used to use for this were not the best, and needed additional elaboration. For this, nonetheless, there were some reasons either. The Chinese people in their past were known to be cruel and decisive. It meant that the solutions and decisions they made were spontaneous and did not require any additional time to be rethought. This distinguished the key features of character of the man whose assassination plan was not able to be implemented into the life.  

As it is known, in order to kill an emperor Jing Ke had to make a plan to win the King who used to be those times. For this, it was decided to put a dagger into the map’s scroll. The key idea of the plan consisted in the fact that when the king opens the scroll of map, the dagger would work and the kind will be, as a consequence, killed. It is necessary to say that the plan elaborated had worked successfully. 

When the king was attacked, his leg had been harmed, and the King took and an attempt to take the sword in order to revenge the actions of Jing Ke. However, this all was not successful. The plan created by Jing Ke was incredibly unsuccessful. This determines his traits of character: he was decisive, intelligent, strategic and had much knowledge and experience in killing people. This is understood due to the assumption that the plan which is aimed at murdering people is not easy t create, and it is necessary to make up the steps to achieve the aim, and the steps which would help fulfill it. 

What is more, it is necessary to say that assassination requires a number of  other qualities which should be proper to a person. One of the most important ones is bravery – regardless the negative hues it bears in this case – it helped Jing Ke become an emperor, i.e. achieve the aim he needed to fulfill. Another trait of character is creativity. As it is known to build a plan which would be successful and worked ideally under any circumstances, it is vitally important to be a person with a wide outlook and profound knowledge.

One the one hand, as the historians claim, Jing Ke was suppressed by a number of doubts, because this step required much attempt to be done. These doubts manifested in his nervousness. Furthermore, the former king needed to be strong enough in order to go through the series of events which contributed to surviving ad which was not successful. 

Due to the fact that the situation as a historic event took place log time ago, it is not easy to find the proofs of the characteristics which had been proper to Jing Ke. The contemporary researches find more and more data on the event in order to make up the events’ particularities. Furthermore, the necessity in finding out the traits of character in the emperor gives a limit to the investigation in general.

One of the most important things to be concerned in the event in question was the aftermath. The historians are convinced that in order to single out the further events which ad taken place, it is vitally important to make an emphasis on the Jing Ke’s traits of character. Regarding the fact of assassination, it was important to think of the mental state of the emperor’s health.

Many scientists believe that the desire to kill in the private beneficial aims is a result of the unstable psyche. The very phenomenon of the unstable psyche manifests in a number of negative personal traits which are thought to be proper to the emperor. Thus, as a consequence, it means that the insane state of the psyche contributed to the murder committed which had changed the coarse of history of the country of China.

It is also necessary to single out the fact that the aftermath of the events resulted in  the military events which were governed by the General Wang Jian. The constant military suppression of people led to a number of dissatisfaction from the people of that time. Thus, the authority of the emperor was a bit destroyed. This, also, influenced his traits of character which were characterized as gradually worsening. 

Personally, I believe that the character of historic figures is very difficult to characterize, since the events had taken lace long time ago and there was another attitude towards the actions. On the one hand, the murder of the king could have created a positively perceived actions due to the fact that the king assassinated was not good to people. On the other hand, the fact of murder can be regarded from various points of view, and translated as an indiscretion or a wrong action, which is not worth of positive thinking around it.

In any case, Jing Ke’s personal traits provide a contemporary reader with a number of ideas and thoughts, which can provoke various types of reactions. The history is known to be filled with a number of murders committed due to the desire of authority and power over others. This motive can characterize a person as insane. However, truth to be told, eve these categories of people had been included into the history, since they created the moments which are generally referred to as ‘turning points’ of the history.

To sum it all up, it is necessary to say that the historical data does not have the entire list of Jing Ke’s traits of character; however, while studying the events which had taken lace in that epoch, the contemporary people can judge themselves whether the governor was positive or negative. The fact which is difficult to argue against is that the figure of Jing Ke served as that turning point in the history of one of the most prosperous  countries in the world, China. Thus, the contemporary person can ask whether it would happen if the Chinese people ancestors did not commit a series of murders, did not conduct the wars and did not change each other of the position of a king or an emperor of the country. The question will probably be left without an answer.     

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