Red Scarf Girl
Job: #5 (Line Illuminator)
“We cannot choose our families or our class
sums. But we can choose our own futures.” page: 278
The reason why I choose this sentence was because I thought it really reflected in the book and in real life. Ji-li did not choose what family Ji-li was born into it just happened. It was not her fault that she was born into a family that many people were against. People in the world never choose before there born, they don't get what family, nationality, etc. The only thing we can choose is our future the choices we as a human make. We choose the path right or wrong, this determines who we are.
“You are different from your parents. You
were born and raised in New China. You are a
child of Chairman Mao. You can choose your
own destiny: You can make a clean break with
your parents and follow Chairman Mao, and
have a bright future; or you can follow your
parents, and then… you will not come to a
The reason I choose this sentence was because it shows that in the revolution you had to choose to follow Chairman Mao or not. The man told Ji-li that she was born into the New China, that she could choose her own destiny. That if she followed Chairman Mao she would have a bright future. He also claims that if she followed her parents foot steps she would not come to a good end. By this she had to make a choice to obey Chairman Mao or follow her parents as usual. This choice was her educational and political future or her family.