Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Summative Blog Post - Mathaus Silva

Why was this book controversial?  Which themes or ideas were challenging to society?

Red Scarf Girl is a novel, specifically, a memoir, written by Ji-li Jiang, also the main character's name on the book. A memoir is a record of events written by a person based on their knowledge and experiences. A lot like a diary. And that's what Red Scarf Girl is, a diary.  This book started in 1966 in China, when the author, Ji-li Jiang had only 12 years of age. As you can probably tell, this is a true story, that happened to her. It's about her experiences during the Chinese Revolution.

One controversy would be dazibao, which was criticizing the education. Dazibao is when the whole town do and write bad things about people and the school. Ji-li then realized that they were hanging them on teacher's doors. She didn't agree. This book is controversy, specially in China, because black people couldn't become a red successor. (Ji-li's family were black.) The Cultural Revolution was a huge change in China, and writing a book about it exposes China's weaknesses.

While reading this book, I felt like it had more than one theme to this book. One of them is that you should always stand up for what you think is right. For example, when Ji-li went to change her name. But, she found out that if she changes her name, it would making a clean break with her family, so she ran away. During the book, it's clear that her and her family have those love-hate relationships.


Describe a choice made by a character in the novel.  Why did the character make this choice? Was his or her action justified?

In the end, Ji-li decides to live in the United States, mainly to bond the Chinese and the American culture together again. But before that, she was forced to leave school, she lost her maids and her house was trashed. Her decision is completely understandable because of the rough time she passed during the Chinese Revolution. She wants to help the people of China, so then they don't pass through the same thing.

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