The first few chapters of Red Scarf Girl are amazing to readers with young eyes. It clearly shows how the cultural revolution in 1966 affected people in various ways, yet some big questions were left in the air, at least for me.
First, since Ji-li was not able to do the audition, what would have changed in the stories further development?
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To begin with, I think mostly everything that has happened might have changed. In my opinion, if she had went to do the auditioned and passed the test, her perspective of how China is changing might have been pretty different. Also, I think she would have maybe not cared so much about the revolution, and probably wouldn't have been part of it herself. On the other hand, if Ji-li had done the audition but hadn't passed, I think that the story would change its focus from the cultural revolution more to Ji-li's dance. Maybe the whole book would have been focused on her trying to do those perfect moves in perfect times, and the cultural revolution would be a side conflict that was mentioned in one or two of the chapters. Who knows? In conclusion, I think that if Ji-li would have done the audition, lots would have changed in her life.
Next, Ji-li mentioned that her family is privileged, or in her own words, "lucky". Do you think that if her family wasn't this way, they might have let her go to the audition?
First of all, this question can be discussed on both sides, yes and no, but think the answer is that yes, they would have let her do the audition for a couple of reasons. To commence with, maybe if they didn't have as much money and other benefits her father wouldn't really had ever wondered about what the people from the audition do, which related back to the family's political problems, therefore consenting her to do it. Moreover, maybe her parents would have found this a great opportunity for her to develop her skills and have a possible career and get a lot of money. For me, they would let her do this since money would be a very important matter for the family. All in all, if Ji-li's family hadn't had as many benefits as they did, she would have probably done the audition.
Finally, if the newspaper hadn't promoted the cultural revolution as much as it did, would it be as powerful?
Media is a very important thing in the world for the past years. What we consider today's media would be Facebook, online books/newspapers, TV and etc. In the past what was the most popular media would be with no doubt the newspaper. I think that if the newspaper hadn't promoted the Chinese revolution in 1966, maybe it wouldn't have been so popular and people might not have even agreed with it since nobody "important" would agree with abolishing the old ideas. Pushing this further, if the newspaper hadn't spread the word about the cultural revolution, probably most people wouldn't even have known about it and what were its purposes. Everything considered, it s clear that without the use of the newspaper to tell people about the revolution, it might not even have happened.