Sunday, May 3, 2015

Historical Context

How did historical events influence the ideas in the novel? What cultural issues may have influenced, challenged, or inspired the author?

The Red Scarf Girl is a memoir written by Ji-li Jiang about her experience during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (Wikipedia). The Chinese Cultural Revolution was the trigger for the author to write the novel. To begin with, Ji-li Jiang was born in Shanghai, China in 1954, and for nearly 20 years, she held on to her childhood memories of surviving the Cultural Revolution in China. She lived a confusing, challenging childhood and had hard conditions due to the Cultural Revolution. Eventually, she brought all those memories in a book and shared with us in her first book, Red Scarf Girl. Therefor, the Chinese Cultural Revolution was the main event that caused the author to write the book. Also, there were many challenges the author faced and one of them was the protagonist's family's belief. Ji-li's family was a black family and in this term, it means anti-communists. Ji-li also faced difficulties in the society because her family's background. Her grandfather was a landlord, and that was against regularities of the Communist party. This made everyone look down on Ji-li's whole family. Also, the event of the protagonist's father's detention caused the hardest decision in her life. 

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