SABOTEUR The short story “Saboteur” which was written by Ha Jin is a very interesting and unique story. After performing a close analysis, one will find, through the description of the characters and the tone, that Ha Jin tells the story of anger and revenge. This type of behavior took place within the most unlikely characters. Mr. Chiu was what many would consider a very intelligent person. He taught as a professor at a university. Mr. Chiu claims to be a “scholar, a philosopher and an expert in dialectical materialism” (181). In the beginning of the story, he is portrayed as a reasonable man. In the beginning, he is having a nice lunch with his new wife, however in the end, revenge and anger took over his emotions and caused …show more content…
The two officers that arrested Mr. Chiu are not throughout the entire story. A reader can see that not much is said about these officers but the tone they use is interesting. The tone of story is clear through the image that it portrays in the beginning, and the radical change in the end. In the beginning of the story, Mr. Chiu appears to be the victim, but as one continues to read the story, his anger and revenge becomes more apparent through the tone. The tone of
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Fenjin was sent by Chiu’s wife to rescue him from jail, and is described as a “bookworm” (75). The second part of irony occurs as Mr. Chui signs a false confession so that he and Fenjin can be released from jail. The reader can tell that Chiu is so angry that when he says “he would have razed the entire police station and eliminated all their families” (99). And he talks about his revenge when” he made up his mind to do something” (99). He shares his revenge with the entire city by affecting restaurants with hepatitis and causing an epidemic in the city. Fenjin becomes the narrator for the last few paragraphs and describes his teaches as “ferocious” (108) and as an “ugly man” (108). The irony in the story that what Mr. Chiu stood for at the beginning of the story, doing the right thing, changes as he is challenged. The false charge by the police officer of Mr. Chiu being a saboteur becomes the truth as he is a saboteur by seeking justice through revenge.
The diction and the tone of a story help structure a prompt for a writing work. The authors of “The Immigrant Contribution” and “A Quilt of a Country” uses diction and tone to build up their essays. Diction makes tone since the word choices produce how the author wants their audience to understand what he/she purposed on their writing. Without diction or tone, a writing would become boring and meaningless. Using the stories that were mentioned earlier, I will find how diction and tone support the author’s claim.
protagonists and antagonists, the plot structure and events of the story and the way he
The short story, “Saboteur” by Ha Jin is about a man, Mr. Chiu, who is unjustly arrested and manhandled after an unpleasant interaction with a police officer in Muji, China. As a result Mr. Chiu takes matters into his own hands to get revenge on the people who mistreated him. The theme of abuse of power in Jin’s, “Saboteur” is revealed through the author’s brilliant use of irony, tone, setting, and characterization.
In the novel, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie, it can be observed that through another character’s perspective as well as their own, Luo and the Seamstress’ relationship is less than ideal and what once may have been a whimsical experience would soon fall from its glorious state.
To begin, the elements of tone and mood work together to reveal and support the message of survival and struggle. In the novel, Chiger uses descriptive details and her thoughts and attitudes toward the situation that she was placed into set the tone. She describes and explains the agony, hatred, and hopelessness she and others felt in the sewers, revealing her bitterness for the sewers and the Nazis. Chiger also uses mood to present her messages by creating different moods around different characters, making some optimistic and hopeful while making others pessimistic and morose. “This was a reflection of their personalities: my father was gregarious and personable; Weiss was gruff and miserable” (Chiger 107). This is relatable because some people may have disparate attitudes toward a negative situation, and each person may have a different demeanor or mood in response to it. Chiger conveys her themes of struggle and survival through tone and mood, and makes it somewhat relatable.
Mr. Chiu unintentionally became the saboteur that he was accused of and there's no indication that he regrets his choices. Although Mr. Chiu lives in a communist society where the Cultural Revolution was redefining the way of life for many Chinese people, there are still some fundamental principles of law and order that have not and will not change. His pride can be confused with arrogance and in this story his pride was definitely a character flaw. However, the complex human experience of Mr. Chiu does not excuse the fact that he contributed to the outbreak of Hepatitis in that region of Muji City. What he did was wrong but the resulting outbreak of Hepatitis has many layers and the blame cannot solely be put on Mr. Chiu. He
The short story “ Saboteur” by Ha Jin, is narrated in a limited third person point
The result of these characteristics give each story suspense and mystery, leaving the readers wondering what each character will do next and what further action will take place. Characters hold a primary role in determining the outcome of a story, which is the reasoning behind the many similarities and differences among literary characters. Also, a clear example is the similar plots with two completely different outcomes. Once the audience understands a character, they are capable of building on their existing knowledge to foreshadow events or understand the text more logically, which is evident when reading these
Not only do the roles of the characters compel a reader, they also illustrate the
Unable to withstand the embarrassment of having a wife he is not proud of, he abandons her. Han Kang used the sense of pressure emotionally to depict not only the public opinion but also the force that drives Mr. Cheong’s actions.