Risk Taking research- role six
Red Scarf Girl
This week I made a research about the book Red Scarf Girl, made by Ji-Li Jiang. This book starts in 1966, where Ji-li Jiang was 12 years old. The author of this book wrote a real story about what happened and how she struggled in the Cultural Revolution. This book got an award-winning memoir. According to the site (BookRages) this book talks about the period of Cultural Revolution, and one of the biggest themes of this book is fear. This time is a time in which fear, confusion, and violence in china start to emerge the society and tradition start to break down in China. This book is normally written in first person. I chose the picture beneath to represent the fear the people had during the Cultural revolution.
As I read the book I saw that it talked about the four olds, so I thought what are the four olds? I decided to research about it.
The four olds refer to old customs, old culture, old habits, and old ideas.
When the revolution started, the four olds was a major concept. The majority of the people, that saw something to do with the four olds, they would use violence to show people it was wrong. For example, in the book when a girl saw a kid using pants bigger than what would be classified not four olds, they just got scissors and cut his pants, so that he would never use “ four old pants” again. The red guards would be normally people with 12-30 years that you destroy anything that showed capitalism or the concept of the “4 olds.” That would be stores, houses, signs and even monuments. I chose the picture beneath to represent the 4 olds and how violent the people were.