1 December 2014
Dai, Sijie, and Ina Rilke. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. New York: Knopf, 2001. Print.
Throughout his novel Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Dai Sijie illustrates the powerful influence that books have on their readers. Through his narrative, he establishes his stance on the controversial issue of whether or not storytelling is good.He combines countless events and feelings to create a novel that demonstrates the good of storytelling and the iniquity of book banning and burning. In the end, Sijie portrays storytelling as a means of good entertainment, enlightening experience and positive encouragement.
In the beginning of chapter one, Luo and the narrator were sent to be re-educated and learn new topics about life. Ever since the two boys got re-educated, their lives had change in many good and bad ways. According to Dai, he describes in chapter four part one how Luo and the narrator were assign from their master to work in coal mines for their re-education. Dai continues on explaining how the narrator and the Luo dislike the working in the coal mines and wanted to do something else. However, Dai mention in his book about how Luo suffer from a disease called Malaria. Luo had a hard time working in the coal mines and got punish by getting whip. Even though the narrator was able to withstand working in the coal mines Luo was at a disadvantage. Working in the coal mine at a young age is dangerous because they are more at risk on getting a disease and getting physical injuries than adults. I think that the master should assign landscaping work to Luo and the narrator instead of coal mine since its more safer and more easy to do
However, there as been some benefit for Luo and the narrator. To the end of chapter four and middle of chapter five, Dije explain in his book how Seamstress wrote a letter to the two boys about taking two days off from mining to attend to her invitation that...
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