3. Is the books structure chronological or does it move back and forth between the past and present? Does the author use a single (first or third person) viewpoint or shifting point of view? Why might the author have chosen to tell the story this was and how does it influence the readers understanding?
The books structure is chronological, which tells us a story from the past. The author uses a first persons point of view, through out the entire book using Ji-li (her self) as the main character. Experiencing the book from Ji-li's point of view makes the story much more interesting in many ways. Especially because Ji-li ( the main character) is about the same age as we are. For example, if it was told from Ji-li's mothers point of view, it wouldn't have been interesting because the story would be told from an adults point of view. There wouldn't be much action since her mother knew everything about the cultural revolution, and she stayed in the house most of the time. So the point of view is one of the reasons in which made the book interesting. The other reason is how the author had written the book. She had described every scene with many details, which helped us visualize the story in many aspects. It clearly helped us understand about the cultural revolution in a unique way. Throughout the book, Ji-li had a major fear of her class status. On page 190, the foreman from the scene shop had told her, "You are different from hour parents. you were born and raised in New China. You are a child of Chairman Mao. You can choose your won 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 good end." This meant that she had to choose between having a bright future with no family, or having a bad end, with her family. Which path would she choose ?
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