The Real Story Of Ah Q

780 WordsJul 31, 20154 Pages
Our readings and class discussions have inspired me to look at the roles that art and literature play in contemporary East Asia as a means of inspiring cultural change and transforming traditional ideas and ideologies. We read the thought-provoking works of Lu Xun and Richard Kim. We also discussed the contemporary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei motivating me to watch a documentary on his life and artwork. These authors and artists along with the woodblock artists Li Hua and Hu Yichuan did more than just capture a moment in time, their artwork and literature was created to question the status quo, provoke new ideas and challenge governmental and societal ideologies. I read The Real Story of Ah-Q by Lu Xun. This was not one of my assigned readings, but when the story was summarized in class, I instantly found a connection between this story and the American play The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Reading the story Ah-Q drew so parallels and common themes between these two fictional works. The Crucible is a dramatized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in Massachusetts, but Miller wrote this as an allegory for McCarthyism in the 1950’s. Ah-Q and John Proctor both consider themselves good and worthy men, but both are flawed in many ways. John Proctor has been accused adultery and is sentenced to death unless he confesses his crime. He refuses to sign his name on the confession since it will be posted on the Church door for everyone to see and witness. By writing his name
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