Imagery: "His writing was beautiful and powerful, and the lively and vigorous flourishes in his calligraphy awed us. His handwriting and his voice revealed two completely different personalities." (pg. 227) I chose this image because it really describes Ji-Li's homeroom teacher in Junior High. At first she was super excited than she saw she had no friends in her class and her teacher was completely different from all the other ones she had. I can also consider this foreshadowing because this book has a tendency to make some situation or someone sound really good or bad but then in later in the book they turn out something totally different. I think this is one of those situations because she makes him seem like he has two personalities one is nice one is mean. Probably at first he is going to seem mean but then later he might have an impact on Ji-Li.
Rhetorical Question: "What mistakes had Dad made, other than having a landlord for a father? Could he really be a rightist after all?" (pg. 236) This question really described what I have been predicting for a very long time. My first post was predicting that her dad did something bad and that is why he does not agree with Chairman Mao. I researched what was a rightist was because it does not really explain it. All we know is that they are almost as bad as being a landlord which is pretty bad. So it pretty much said that when I researched that. They would get punished in front of everyone. In the book they did that. I think that her dad was having a hard time at work because his dad was a landlord. Just like Ji-Li when she was being bullied because her grandpa was a landlord and that was when her life was really going downhill. Maybe the same is happening to her dad. I think that Ji-Li is scared because the same happened to her aunt. Also she saw Old Quian out in the sun and she is probably scared they they are going to find out about her dad, if he is a rightist.
|This is a picture of landlords being punished|
Metaphor: In other years on New Year’s morning the streets would be littered with shreds of colored firecracker paper. Soon after breakfast people loaded with gifts would begin to stream out of their homes to wish friends and relatives a happy New Year. This year firecrackers were
fourolds, and few people were in the mood to celebrate. Streets were so quiet that the city
seemed almost deserted." (pg. 255) Chinese New Year is supposed to be one of the most anticipated days of the year in China. It is full of color and spirit. So many people come to watch the parades and they are all full of energy. But with the Cultural Revolution and Chairman Mao it seems empty and boring. People admire him but what would happen if he took away the most festive day of the year for the Chinese people? Would they rebel? No, because they are so blinded by the things he has done that they hadn't even noticed that he took away Chinese New year and the colors that it brought. To be honest I think that people are just scared that they will get killed so they just do what he tells them to do. If that means to give up Chinese New year than they will. So even with her family being targeted and her dad being locked up Ji-Li still supports Chairman Mao.
|This is how the Chinese New Year was before the Cultural Revolution|