Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Topics: Cultural Revolution, People's Republic of China, Deng Xiaoping Pages: 3 (1025 words) Published: May 31, 2012
Freedom of thoughts
“Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress” by Dai Sijie, and “At the Center of the Storm” by Rae Yang describe one of the difficult time in Chinese population, during the China’s Cultural Revolution time. The Cultural Revolution had a great impact on the people especially young student’s education, and their freedom of thoughts. These characters attitude towards the Cultural Revolution was based on how the Cultural Revolution affected their freedom. For Yang the Cultural Revolution gave her more freedom and empowerment, while for the boys the Cultural Revolution made them scary and hopeless, because it took their freedom. In the beginning of the novel, Luo and the narrator were taken from their homes in order to be sent to the re-education because everyone that was considered as an "intellectual" (anyone who attended high school) must go through the re-education process. They lived in the Phoenix of the Sky and they had to carry basket full of humans and animals excrements (Sijie 14). In contrast, Yang participated in Red Guard, because she was inspired by Mao’s words to change their lives. She says, “I should say, that I felt good about The Cultural Revolution when it started” (Yang 376). It shows that she felt comfortable with this change in her country. She supported it by participating in Red Guard. Later she figured out that she was wrong in her position and she felt regretted. Dai Sijie shows how the Cultural Revolution tried to stop young student’s education, most of them were student’s educated family were treated bad, made them to suffer because of their social status. In the contrast “At the Center of the Storm” the author Ray Yang describes a low social class people had gain the authority and was empowered. Also Ray Yang shows how she had gain more freedom of wills and freedom of speech, ability to be educated, and was empowered by Cultural Revolution. The author in the novel tells that...
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