Some people would have wonderful family, but some people might not be as lucky as others. In the short novel “Love In A Fallen City” by Zhang Ailing, Liusu lived with people that she did not like. Her family member believed she brought bad luck to them. Therefore, she chose to move out the house and traveled from Shang Hai to Hong Kong. I feel Liusu is living in a poor environment because she has to hear people talk behind her, in front of her, and insult her every day in the house. However, I think her living attitude is still positive, because she made the right decision which is to move out. It can be thought of escaping, but I feel if she talked to her family straightly, it would only increase the hatefulness between them except if she became rich one day. Most people believe escaping is not the right way to solve problems, however, in my opinion, knowing how to escaping is very important. If a person does not know how to escape and push herself/himself too much, it might cause mental problems.
This clip shows parts of the movie version of “Love In A Fallen City,” which I think it may refresh the memory of whoever have read this story. Enjoy! Before I read “Love In A Fallen City,” I have watched the movie of this story. The difference I get from the movie and the book is that I get more about how the characters’ feeling through the book.
“The Man Who Was Almost a Man” by Richard Wright is a very interesting reading, because it is written with slangs. It just reminds me of my first time reading stories with slangs. I remember at that time, I tried to look for word meanings in dictionary, because I thought the words were written in old English. Another reason I like this reading because most parts are in conversation.
I feel “The Man Who Was Almost a Man” suggests the living attitude of a teenager who is in the status of adolescent rebellion. Teenagers who under this status would want to try many new things and go against parents’ will. Dave wanted to have a gun, and he requested his mother for money to buy the gun. After a moment of begging, Dave’s mother accepted to buy the gun, but said the gun was for his father. However, Dave did not do what he promised. Instead, he tried to fire the gun and mistakenly killed a mule named Jenny.
Other than the rebellion of Dave, I also feel during that time, people were divided into different classes depend on their property. For example, Dave who was still attending school has to work for the family in order to have enough money to buy school clothing. On the opposite, Dave’s boss, Hawkin, lived in a big white house. When Dave said to his mother that they must have a gun in their house, I feel people who were poor liked Dave’s family might got treated unequally and badly by rich people. Dave had also thought if he had one more bullet, he would shoot at Hawkin’s house. It shows his hate toward Hawkin. Gun is a weapon and it would cause harm; it also is a self- protector and it would avoid one from getting harm.