Sunday, November 2, 2014

LIierary Analysis -- Helena Segall

  1. Is the book’s structure chronological or does it move back and forth between past and present?  Does the author use a single (first or third person) viewpoint or shifting points of view?  Why might the author have chosen to tell the story this way and how does it influence the reader’s understanding?

I think that the book is in chronological order. This is because the book is about an vent that happened a long time ago called the Chinese Revolution. This book explains about the authors life throughout the book so it is is chronological order since it's telling about her experiences I'm order of how they happened. This book is in first person because the author is telling and autobiography about her experiences of the Chinese cultural revolution. As you may notice in the book there are many parts that the author says "I" and that can give you an example of how it is written in first person. Maybe sometimes it may get confusing because the author really explains about her neighbors, friends, and families experiences so the reader may get get confused and not think that it is an autobiography. Jiang could have written the book anyway she wanted and not tell exactly her personal point of view but what she thought her friends were. Although, I think she chose to do it like this because the author may think that by doing the book this way the reader can really feel the way she felt and know every single detail. If she was to write about another persons point of view she would probably have to invent few details or not leave it as specific as it is right now. 

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