Red Scarf Girl, by Ji-li Jiang
While reading the 7th chapter of the book Red Scarf Girl, by Ji-li Jiang, a scene struck me and reminded me of the book/movie Catching Fire. This part was when the red guards tortured, punished and eventually killed him because of not going with the so called Cultural Revolution. He died because he was kneeling on a washboard in the sun for to long. He was put there because the guards considered he had to many four olds. This reminded me of the Catching Fire scene mainly because not only the man in the end was put on his knees and killed, yet he was punished for defying and trying to go against the biggest force, which in this case is the capital.
Next, something that clearly reminded me of another book was that the families are trying to hide what they really are, and pretend that they are like all "normal" families, and what are called the "black" families are trying to do this even more. This clearly reminds me of the book Divergent, by Veronica Roth, the main character, Tris, has to hide that she is divergent and tries to fit in in one of the factions in her society. She is doing this because in her community, divergents thing differently that everyone else, so therefore they are considered dangerous, so if one is found, they will be killed instantly. This connects to the book Red Scarf Girl because, as I have already previously mentioned, the families are trying to fit in with the "standard" level, which is what the new government wants, and is happening due to the cultural revolution after all. In my opinion this isn't really a good thing because people are suffering, and a revolution should be something good for everybody, accept the government, which might get overthrown.
Sources: Video, Divergent Symbols, Cultural Revolution