I was always hopeful for Li, and felt lucky that my son, out of all other promising students in Qindao, had been chosen to dance for Chairman Mao. Although the luck of the Cunxin family had changed, it was difficult to adjust to life in the commune without Li’s presence as a guiding light, or a helping hand. Having 7 sons while living our
“Better a live coward than a dead hero”, a proverb passed down by the Chinese since ancient time, it coexisted with China’s constantly in volatile state and periodical social unrest. Coincidentally, the saying resonates with the life of Fugui in the novel “To Live” by Yu Hua, a prominent novel which touched many souls and emotions within and outside China. Meanwhile life, a key component and a main theme of the novel, is being valued and portrayed vividly through Fugui’s life, demonstrated by the use of literary devices and among them characterization evident.
His moral ambiguity is heavily influenced by outside forces in his life that changes his view upon the world. The most excusable action in the eyes of the readers is when he commits a crime because his family is struggling in the southern city. Other citizens stricken by poverty tell Wang Lung that the riches do not belong to the wealthy, but to the poor. This conflicts with his belief that God determines one’s fate and way in life. Wang Lung goes against his morals and commits robbery because of his influence from others and the situation he was thrust into. This action determines Wang Lung’s wealthy future, but also symbolizes overcoming an obstacle, in this case, overcoming his internal conflict with his morals. The audience begins to notice the shift in Wang Lung’s character which will continue to develop negatively as his values are no longer intact.
Death is something people in our society don’t think about overall, so many of us think in a sense that we are going to live forever. I don't think of death at all because I am still in the young stages of life, there has been death in my family in the last couple of years. When it comes to the concept of dying a good death, it would have to do with surrounding yourself with the individual in your life that is still alive like your kids and grandkids. Another concept of dying a good death is during that time, passing way with not a lot of pain in the process. Another idea when it comes to an individual of dying a good death is the reflection aspect. When a person is nearing death, they will be able to reflect on their life and many happy
His name was Eric Goldstaub and he said that if it wasn’t for Feng-Shan Ho his family would all be dead (Dempsey 1). It was not just the children but their children and their children’s children would not even exist if it weren’t for what Feng-Shan Ho did. The things you do can affect you and the people you have helped. Even the people closest to Ho were impacted.
All through time, successive generations have rebelled against the values and traditions of their elders. In all countries, including China, new generations have sought to find a different path than that of their past leaders. Traditional values become outdated and are replaced with what the younger society deems as significant. Family concentrates on this very subject. In the novel, three brothers struggle against the outdated Confucian values of their elders. Alike in their dislike of the traditional Confucian system of their grandfather, yet very different in their interactions with him and others, begin to reach beyond the ancient values of Confucianism and strive for a breath of freedom. Their struggles against the old values
Like the rest of the crowd, Fugui watches helplessly, quietly mimicking his fist into an equal cheer of false jubilation. His face conveys a sense of shock and horror. All of these emotions, thus, feel heightened as Long’er stumbles through a crowd of faces framed in medium shots and close-ups. Zhang Yimou intensifies this sense of disbelief and fear even further by having Fugui run away from the crowd. Moreover, as Fugui uses the bathroom, we do not see the execution; we hear it. This shocks Zhang Yimou so much that he desperately holds a tree, paralyzed with fear. Then he runs home, and for the first time in the film, Fugui acknowledges, “It’s good to be poor. Nothing like
However, their fortune is short-lived when bad omens rise because of Wang Lung’s insolent behavior towards his uncle’s family. Not only is their third child born a daughter, but a drought begins, preventing the land from cultivating and spreading both poverty and starvation through the North.
The book is referred to as intent to live because most of the great actors who perform the acting seem not to be acting but living. This is depicted on how they portray their act; very real from the eyes of the audience. Larry moss has described these instances in this book on how the actors can achieve this level of acting by sharing out the techniques he has developed for over thirty years. As per Larry Moss description, the techniques highlighted can help actors in setting their imagination, emotions and behaviors on fire. These shows how hard work of preparation is helpful in performances that will yield good fruits. This
To Live is directed by Zhang Yimou to show Fugui and his wife, Jiazhen struggle to live in a simple life during the Maoist era. Fugui is a rich man who loses his family mansion to Long’er due to his gamble addiction. He begins doing shadow-puppet tour to support
In the book, From Every End of the Earth by Steven Roberts (2009), there are many themes and topics that can be explored in the chapter 1. One theme that is continuously raised is that never give up even in big troubles. Everything began when Bao decided not to leave without Tuyen. He chose love instead of freedom. They met when they were teens but the accident happened. This is in stark description to the example he gives on p. 10 of the communists took Bao for reporting to a local high school. He was taken through the jungle with the inequity treat. But he did not give up. He thought about his wife and volunteered for harsh duty. He copied his personal story and wrote the same one again and again. Tuyen did not live well too. She lived with
Shen Fu was a Chinese writer and art dealer who lived during the Qing Dynasty. He had a very strong love for his wife Chen Yun and she is the inspiration for his book “Six Records of a Floating Life”, which vividly describes their life and love together. Shen Fu discusses the happiness that he found in marriage to his cousin Yun, in his first chapter, “Joys of the Wedding Chamber”. He then goes into detail, and is even reminiscent, about enjoying the little things and his experiences with them in the second part of his book, “Pleasure of Leisure”. Next Shen Fu talks about the adversities that he and Yun have to experience, in their sometimes-trying
Sooner or later the second son turned into Wang’s personal Steward what it came to the money. The third son resembles the strength of Wang Lung. The third son fought for what he wanted and what he thought was right, and that is what Wang Lung did for his family the entire time. Wang Lung kind of drove his third son away, because he became begrudged when he realized he was too old for Pear Blossom, and his youngest son was the perfect age for her, and so he showed his superiority to the third son and the son got mad and left. Now that Wang is wealthy he has become ignorant about it and he has started spending money recklessly. His sons took on that bad habit and now they arn’t used to living like how Wang lived growing up. Wang is different from his sons because his father raised him the right was and thought him that he isn’t better than everyone else and that he should work for his money but now his sons are lazy because their father raised them to be lazy and get stuff handed to them. When Wang Lung grew up he had to grow up in tattered and worn clothes and growing up his sons always had nice new clothes, besides the
Buck highlights a number of ways in which Wang Lung’s sons lose touch with their roots and traditions as a result of having been raised in a privileged environment. Wang Lung’s sons are born into their father’s wealth, an environment where their every wish was granted by the family’s money. The sons are raised differently from their father in many ways, such as rejecting filial piety, and not worshipping the gods Lung had done, or having a deep connection to the Earth. The sons having been born into a comfortable life and never knowing hardship leads to much unhappiness and conflict within the family. The unhappiness of the Wang family at the end of the novel supports a statement by Alexandre Dumas, the author of the Count of Monte Cristo: “Those born to wealth, and who have the means of gratifying every wish, know not what is the real happiness of life, just as those who have been tossed on the stormy waters of the ocean on a few frail planks can alone realize the blessings of fair
However, their luck is short-lived when bad omens arise because of Wang Lung’s insolent behavior towards his uncle’s family. Not only is their third child born a daughter, but a drought begins, preventing the land from cultivating and spreading both poverty and starvation through the North.