Literary Analysis: Chang's 'Revolution is Not a Dinner Party' and Hahn's 'Deep and Dark and Dangerous'

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When writing a book, an author would generally include some kind of conflict or stress situation to show how a character reacts to such events and grows as a result. The books Revolution is not a Dinner Party by Hing Chang Compestine and Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn are no exception to this. When comparing these two books, the reader can come to some interesting conclusions about the similarities and differences when considering the characters, time setting, and conflict situations within the book. Both Compestine and Hahn's works contain young characters and are presumably written for young readers. The main character in Compestine's book is Ling, a young Chinese girl who is nine years old. She lives a relatively comfortable life with her parents, who are both employed at the best local hospital. Her mother is a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, while the father is a surgeon. Ali is the main character in Hahn's book. She is a young American girl, who remains 13 throughout the book. Like Ling, she is also an only child who lives in physical comfort with both her parents. The main difference between the characters is that Ling is quite a lot younger than Ali, while they are also from different ethnic group. Ling, however, considers the United States and English as symbolic of freedom, education, and sophistication. It is unlikely that Ali attaches the same meanings to her own heritage as an American. There is a major difference between the time

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