After reading this unforgettable novel “The Forbidden City”, Alex’s trip to China has shown that a single action can have dramatic consequences. Alex changed from a boy who enjoyed military history, having adventures, and thought clay soldiers were heroes, to someone who is more mature, grew responsibility, and learned the true meaning of a hero.
Before Alex went to Beijing, he had a passion for Chinese military. As he stayed in Beijing for few months, he found that there were more differences than he thought. He becomes more mature. Alex was addicted to Chinese military history, and he made many clay soldiers at his own home. When the students’ demonstration happened in Beijing, the government of China used citizens against their own people. That’s not like what Alex heard in his history stories, which talked about using enemy’s power against them (borrow the arrows). When the P.L.A used tear gas to repress those people who were in the Tiananmen Square, Alex was shocked that they would go that far. On June 4, 1989, all the P.L.As were in Tiananmen Square to arrest students, and Alex found that PLAs were not people’s army. He realized that he just found the surface of the truth.
Alex used to like adventures, but when he went to china, adventure was a whole different meaning. As he met with that horrible and bloody massacre, his responsibility was growing. Alex felt sorry for Lao-Xu because if he hadn’t rushed out of hotel that day, Lao-Xu might have not gone to Tiananmen Square with him, avoiding death. When Alex saw that Lao-Xu had fallen onto the ground, a huge weight had been put on his shoulders. At last, before he left grandma’s home to Canada, he smuggled the tapes out of China. He wanted to help students indeed, and he knew that he had the responsibilities to support and help the students. Even though they have different worlds, different life, they had the same kind heart.
Alex used to think that his little clay soldiers were heroes,...