A Literal Review on Oppression: An One-act Comedy by Xilin Ding

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A Literal Review on Oppression: An One-act Comedy by Xilin Ding
After having read the excellent one-act drama by Xilin Ding, I was amused by the humorous dialogue and plots. At the same time, I feel that there are some pent-up feelings I must talk about. This play uses a humorous way to express the agony of the playwright about the bitter experience of his friend who later died a nasty death. The topic of oppression and anti-oppression is supposed to be serious, but in this play, the playwright made good use of the tricks of comedy, and wittily satirized the unfair social reality in a humorous way. However, I can see there is still hope cherished in the playwright’s heart, because the protagonists cooperated and won in the end, even
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In his works, he rewrote the fate of Shuhe, and in this work, the wit and uncompromising struggle of the protagonists are more emphasized than the hindering forces and negative emotions. The man and the woman are the representatives of new emerging and progressive forces. They are deeply influenced by the new idea and are not afraid of fighting for what they deserve, and in the end they won an encouraging victory. That’s why I say there is hope
2) The tricks I identified in this play
In this script, Ding’s good sense of humor and slight satire runs through the story, no matter in the plot or in the dialogue. The arrangement on the development of the story is also ingenious, with a natural opening, two climaxes separated by a natural transition, and a witty ending. The characters of the protagonists are also humorous, even the setting and the weather background are meaningful. In the next few paragraphs I will talk about this in detail.
II The sense of humor and satire embodied in the play i The conflict between the mistress and the madam
The conflict between the mistress and the madam is the precipitating factor that induced this whole incident. This conflict is not directly displayed here, but is brought about through the gossip of the elderly maid. According to the maid, “madam loves playing mahjong” and leaves “the young mistress at home”. When someone comes to see the rooms, the young mistress would reject the ones with a wife or kids, “since she only agree to
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