Son of the Revolution Essay

1727 WordsMar 15, 20067 Pages
"Son of the Revolution" Liang Heng and Judith Shapiro's "Son of the Revolution" is a comprehensive story of Liang Heng's life on growing up during the chaotic times of the Chinese revolution. The purpose of this novel was to depict the horrors and hardships of life during the revolution period in china during Mao Zedong's reign. In the beginning of the book, the author portrays that news and ideologies always stated that the government was working for the good of the people of the country. However, as the book unfolds the author reveals that the government is actually exploiting the people through misuse of people's trust. The book also provides insights into the Chinese life during the period of 1954-1978. This 24 year period saw major…show more content…
In hope to "re-gain" status and avoid from being further insulted, divorce was the path Liang Heng's father chose to take. However, even after the divorce, the Liang family still endured criticism because once branded, no matter what, they would always be criticized. One of the ways to gain social status was to marry into a family who was part of a party or of a high social status. So after divorcing his wife for purely political reasons, Liang Heng's father married a woman who was both a party member and a high ranking cadre in the a factory. This marriage was obviously based on Liang Heng's fathers' desperate need to gain social status rather than out of love. Marriage was also based on convenience to both partners. When Liang Heng's father married for the third time it was because he needed someone who could take care of the house and the children and in turn the woman had wanted to leave the village she was living in and live in the city residence where so many goods were available, however the process to transfer her teaching job from the village to the city was complicated. So she married to Liang Heng's father which Liang suspected in hope to move to the city easily. In 1958, soon after the Anti-Rightist Movement, Mao Zedong announced "The Great Leap Forward" movement in attempt to increase agricultural and industrial production and modernize China's economy. The author of the book doesn't talk much
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