The End of the World is eco poetry poem that written by Dana Gioia. He is Born in California of Italian and Mexican origins. He studied comparative literature at Stanford University and Harvard University. Until January 22, 2009, the National Council for Arts and Letters presented significant cultural contributions to the United States. Winner of the American Book Award. His most famous works is " The End of the World
Once the novel comes to an end, we notice clearly the way Wang Lung changed. In the beginning of the novel we learned many ancient Chinese traditions by observing Wang Lung as a simple peasant, but as he becomes a wealthy landowner his life collapses. This rapid change of social class makes it difficult for anyone who intends to keep their traditional values until their death. This fantastic novel by Pearl S. Buck reminds us that we can never forget our traditional values, because if that happens your life will collapse just the way Wang Lung unfortunately
While there she learned that the communist party was unfair full of a bunch of power hungry, lying politicians. Her first encounter with disillusionment was when her friend Huar who told her that during the famine many people in her village died of starvation. The claim completely threw Yang into disbelieve as she recalled the official newspaper stated that no one had died. Secondly, the attempted assassination of Mao left her to question the nature of the cultural revolution. Thirdly, Yang found out that not everyone volunteered to go to the Great North Wilderness. A girl who worked on the pig farm told Yang that she was forced to go because her father was told that a nationwide policy had been issued where all eldest children had to go to the countryside. Yang expressed that she seen the cruelty and propaganda that came out of the party. Finally, the biggest factor in Yang’s disillusionment was when she fell in love with Zhou. Zhou’s father fought for the nationalists in 1949. Therefore, Zhou and his whole family was seen as nationalist. She felt that the party was unfair in classing everyone by their “historical problems” which led them to have little opportunities and no future. These are prime examples what lead to Yang’s disillusion view of the communist party.
The novel, “Mao’s Last Dancer”, was written by Li Cunxin. It tells his riveting tale of growing up in a poor family of six boys, living in a village in China under Mao’s reign. It goes on to share his eventual defection to the United States as an artistic dancer. His childhood was filled with both hardships and joys. But both helped him to grow as a resilient person to achieve once-thought impossible goals.
Ultimately, as the story progresses, Bao is negatively influenced by his inner conscious, Ch’in Shih-huan; hence, by the end of the book, his personality drastically changes and he begins to lack compassion and is no longer worthy of justice. This is evident when he burns down a Christian mission and ruthlessly annihilates everyone inside, even though he is aware that “they’re all women and children” (Boxers 249). Bao sets fire to the mission in response to Ch’in’s heavy influence; however, his decision is unjust as he is greatly deprived of compassion and completely abandons his edicts. Bao subsequently sets a library ablaze in order to defeat the Christians, and with it he destroys all that he has fought for. He defends himself in saying, “I did it for China” (Boxers 312), but it is too late as Mei-Wen has already run into the burning building “to try to save some of those books” (Boxers 312). Under the complete control of Ch’in, Bao ignites his country’s historic stories, betrays his promise to Mei-Wen, and causes her death in the process. His unjustified behavior is displayed through his insensitivity in this instance; however, one of the most significant acts of injustice befalls when Bao kills Vibiana. Unmistakably, he does not wish
“Hope when you take that jump, you don’t fear the fall. Hope when the water rises, you built a wall.” An important message prevails in both A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah (2013) and “I Lived” by OneRepublic (2007), taking risks without hesitation, being ready for all that comes. This song represents living life to the fullest, no matter situation, life goes on, never coming again. This would be an ideal song for someone in Ishmael’s obstructed position. “With every broken bone, I swear I lived.” “I Lived” by OneRepublic reassures people struggling to remember the gravity of living life to the fullest; reminding us to take chances and accept our legitimate identities, or a song of survival for people like Ishmael. People need to stop taking pity on themselves, there is always a bright side; life never forsakes us. Be strong and jubilant. No one lives forever, to truly
In contrast, during the era of The Story Yingying, the cultural norm for a woman was to be submissive, patient, and passive. Yingying upheld all of these cultural standards. After meeting Zhang for the first time Yingying showed no interest in him at all but overtime Yingying finally gave into Zhang and fell in love and they became engaged. Unfortunately, Zhang had to leave for a year to go take a civil service examination, but he promised her he would come back to her. She waited patiently and after a year, her fiancé returned but shortly after had to leave again to retake the examination. Again she waited patiently for his return, but he never came back. After waiting for years for her fiancé to return, she became eager to
Even with her previous experiences at Beijing University and at Big Joy Farm, Wong still held some belief that the Chinese system wasn’t as bad as it was sometimes made out to be. This event proved to her that it was. “The enormity of the massacre hit home…Although it had been years since I was a Maoist, I still had harbored some small hope for China. Now even that was gone” (259). As a reporter Wong was able to view the progression of the protests in leading up to the massacre, and in viewing it understood that the Chinese people were much more independent than they had previously demonstrated over the past 50 years. She had continuously seen the Chinese people following what they were told between learning in school or with physical labor, yet this protest was one of the first large scale displays of the unacceptance of the regime by the people, and the government did not know what to do with it. But because of this, Wong was able to recognize that the people were not reliant on this way of life that they had previously been bound to, but truly could lead for themselves and take control. The massacre awakened Wong both to the reality that the government was not acting to benefit the people, and that the people were more than capable of acting for
In the book, Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, Louie Zamperini was majorly obsessed with vengeance throughout the end of the book that his life was consumed by the quest for it. Louie felt as if the Bird had stolen his dignity at the POW campsites, where he was beaten, humiliated, starved, and stripped of his powers of self-defense. Louie was overwhelmed with his anger that the only objective he sought was to get revenge on the Bird. In other words, Louie was angered about his loss of dignity at the POW campsite, he wanted to get revenge on the Bird by killing him, and how Louie eventually forgives the Bird for what he did to him. These three reasons show how Louie’s loss of self-dignity in the POW camp was pursued.
Early in childhood Jing Mei dreamed of finding her prodigy and being a famous Chinese American, mostly because of the views and actions her mother placed on her. Her mother believed you could be anything you wanted to be in America. (pg 405) Her mother was always pushing new tests and talents on Jing Mei. She even went as far as having her daughter Jing Mei models her physical appearance and actions after a child-star Shirley Temple. Her other was always testing her with many different things trying to discover Jing Mei’s talent. Later Jing Mei started to feel like her mother was just trying to make her into someone she was not and started to just fail and not try to do anything right hoping her mother would give up. When her mother died she had realized what her mother had been trying to do. Her mother had only wanted her to do her best. She had then to realize what her mother had
As she recalls back on this time by telling her daughter what she calls her Kweilin story, Suyuan describes her feeling during this horrible time as “And inside I was no longer hungry for the cabbage or the turnips of the hanging rock garden. I could only see the dripping bowels of an ancient hill that might collapse on top of me. Can you imagine how it is, to want to be neither inside nor outside, to want to be nowhere and disappear?” (22) At this point in her life Suyuan was separated from her husband who is in the military and eventually is forced to abandon her two young daughters. This aspect of Suyuan’s life parallels the life of Amy Tan’s mother. Daisy tan was also married to a military man during the Chinese Civil War and like Suyuan was forced to abandon her two daughters in Shanghai. This was an experience that would affect her mother for the rest of her life and a story she would continue to tell and never forget. The life of Amy Tan is also a parallel to the life of Jing-Mei Woo of “June”. As a young girl June was forced to play the piano and practice constantly to become the best like Amy Tan was as a child. Along with playing the piano Suyuan also had high expectations for June as far as her future. She wanted her daughter to be the best in her class and go off to medical school to become a well educated doctor, the same expectation’s Amy Tan’s mother had for her. Both daughters decided to follow their dreams and
Primarily, Tan establishes the theme of the story through characterization. The protagonist, Jing-mei, finds it difficult to live up to the high expectations her mother has set for her. After seeing so much disappointment in her mother’s face, Jine-mei “look[s] in the mirror above the bathroom sink and when [she] saw only [her] face staring back – and that it would always be this ordinary face – she began to cry” (Tan 2). This bring Jing-mei and her mother into conflict with Jing-mei eventually screaming at her mother that “‘[she] wish[ed] she were dead. Like them’” (Tan 8). As she matures, Jing-mei becomes a little more level-headed; she then understands her mother only wants the best for her. Through diction and language, the author creates a character that is
I agree with the statement “the history of a family begins when a person leaves home” . when Chang left rural tradition behind to make a new life for themselves in the city. The old rules no longer apply, traditional education and family values have little or relevance, and new arrivals in the city have to learn fast and adapt quickly in order to survive and prosper in this strange and often hostile new environment. I saw so many changes for people migration to city .
To Live unfolds chronologically the sad story of the Xu family through four decade-divided timeframes – from the 1930s Sino-Japanese war, followed by the civil war between the communists and the nationalists, the founding of the people's republic of China, the Great Leap Forward movement, to the late 1970s post-Cultural Revolution era. It starts with the prodigal son, Xu Fugui, who was indulged in gambling and lost all the family’s properties at stake. Fugui’s father died of anger and his mother eventually became ill living a poor rural peasant’s life. On the way to town in search for a doctor, Fugui was forced to join the Nationalist’ Army and fight in the Chinese Civil War. He was lucky to survive and got home, but found his mother already dead. Fugui’s wife raised their daughter and son alone poorly, but the daughter, Fengxia, became deaf after a serious fever after Fugui’s return. The son, Youqing was smart and strong, but after chosen for blood donation one day, his blood is sucked dry by overzealous doctors trying to save the life of the high ranking principal’s child at any cost. More and more death and tragedies visited Fugui afterwards, eventually leaving him to spend the rest of his life with only an ox that he saves from the butcher’s knife.