The True Story of Ah-Q by Lu Xun

662 Words Feb 2nd, 2018 3 Pages
Ah-Q the main character of the work part is of the peasant population of early twentieth century China. As the story progresses, Ah-Q is victimized though continuous mistreatment and his eventual public execution by revolutionists for thievery. Therefore, Lu Xun uses Ah-Q as a representation of Imperial China’s decay by his reluctance to adapt to hairstyles, social statuses, and modernization. The story embodies the decay of imperial China during a time when they had to join a global culture. With the westernization of China, the Qing dynasty fell and ideals from the west began to rule out traditional Chinese culture. Ah-Q is used by Lu Xun to represent this inevitable downfall of the Qing dynasty and china’s westernization. Throughout the story Ah-Q is victim to beatings and other maltreatments, these acts of cruelty towards him are depictions for the collapse of China’s culture in the 19th century. Consequently at the end of the story, Ah-Q faces eventual execution with his last words being, “In Twenty Years, I shall return…” (Pg. 122) indicating that ideals and beliefs would live on through society; thus his execution is depicted to be the final end of the Qing Dynasty. Ah-Q’s attitude towards revolution can be seen as a collective hope of the Chinese, he like many citizens in China intended to join the revolution without understanding the meaning of it. Like the Chinese culture, Ah-Q is…
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