"It… it… it’s so unfair. I have never gotten one point, not a single point, that I didn’t deserve. And I spent so much time helping Yin Lan-lan and the others with their arithmetic, and now they go and insult me like this. It’s disgusting." Page 81
I think this quote is important because it shows how one belief can change your opinion. In Red Scarf Girl, the main character, Jiang Ji-Li, happens to have higher grades than other people in her class. She used to help a girl called Yin Lan-lan, who was not very bright, but when the news that teachers are trying to make kids revisionists, some kids, including Yin Lan-lan, write a da-zi-bao about a relationship between a teacher and Ji-li. Ji-li was mad at the da-zi-bao not only because it said that she had a relationship with a teacher, but due to the fact that she used to help Yin with math a lot. I believe that Yin wrote the da-zi-bao about Ji-li as a result of her jealousy of Ji-li's good grades.
I chose this image because I think it represents how Ji-li was feeling after she read the da-zi-bao about herself and teacher Ke.
"I was numb. Landlord! One of the bloodsuckers who exploited the farmers! The number-one enemies, the worst of the 'Five Black Categories,' even worse than criminals or counterrevolutionaries! My grandfather? And Dad, a rightist? One of the reactionary intellectuals who attacked the Parry and socialism? No, I could not believe it." Page 91-92
I think this quote is meaningful because in the book having any family members that are part of one of the Five Black Categories can ruin your life. For example, Ji-li had two great opportunities to be a red succesor or a red guard. However, due to her family's past she was advised not to audition to be a red guard and wasn't nominated to become a red succersor.
I chose this image because I think it represents how everyone in Ji-li's family is happy but she isn't and whishes she was born in another family, with different parents, which makes her want to be outside her family tree.