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In the second half of Red Scarf Girl, I can really feel Ji-Li’s pain as she sees that her family is being torn apart. Her father is detained, her mother is forced to tell the people at her office that she is a landlord’s wife, and her grandmother is forced to sweep the alley twice a day (179; 225; 226). Her and her siblings are being picked on by almost everyone that they know (148). It is a really sad time for the Jaings. For things to get even worse, there was even an article in the newspaper about the rich Jaings in the north (210). Later, their house is searched for a second time (247). With all of this stress, you would think that Ji-Li and her family would have given up—but they didn’t! It just gave them more of a reason to come together as a family and fend for each other. Ji-Li is a huge reason that her family stayed together through these rough times. She cooked and cared for all of them. When her mom had Ménière’s syndrome, she became the “mom” of the household (193).
Ji-Li had the opportunity to abandon her family and start a new life, without the troubles of being a part of a “black family” (190). While a part of her wants to do it to get away from the criticisms, she never did this because she knows that she can’t leave her family! If she left, her family would not be able to survive. She would never be able to forgive herself if she would leave her family. I feel connected to her because of this since I grew up in a family where everyone is close to each other. We stick up for each other and never abandon our relatives! I believe in “family comes first” and Ji-Li obviously does too. This is how I feel connected to Ji-Li in Red Scarf Girl.
Article posted October 11, 2011 at 08:13 PM •
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