1. How did historical events influence the ideas in the novel? What cultural issues may have influenced, challenged, or inspired the author?
The Cultural Revolution is a main historical even that influences the ideas in the novel. Red scarf girl was written by Ji-li Jiang and published in 1998. Historical events influence the ideas in the novel because the book is set in China during the Cultural Revolution. During this time China was trying to get rid of way of living called the four olds. These four olds were old ideas, old culture, old customs, and old habits. They were trying to take out the four olds and bring in the four news. “The newspapers told us, our schools were not bringing us up to be good red socialists and communists, as we had thought, but revisionists.” (Jiang 64) I think the transition may have been hard for everyone living in China at that time and I think that also might have inspired the author to write about her own experience during this time.