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I think that if my country were to go crazy (with the violence and such like in the Chinese Cultural Revolution), that I would stick with my family and help them as much as I possibly could, just as Ji-li did. I would not only feel that I had to, but that would be my choice. My family made me who I am today and offered and gave me help even whenever I didn’t need it. For that, I would owe them everything that I could do for them. I would do just like Ji-li, taking care of the younger children and helping the adults with everything that they need. Sure, I’d be scared, but who wouldn’t be? I’d just pull through like Ji-li and make it work.
I would never leave my family; my family is would always be first. I especially would not leave them thinking that I was bettering myself because I was free of them. It would not be their fault if those things were to happen to us.
The whole process of the mob mentality of the entire book was very similar to WWII and the Nazis. Everyone just started doing it, and then before you knew it, you were doing it, too. You didn’t know why and you wouldn’t have necessarily done it on your own if no one was doing it. It just happened.
This is also how people get wrapped up in trouble at school. Two people get into a fight, and then before you know it, there are ten people involved. Also, if one person starts teasing another person, pretty soon the whole grade level will be teasing that same person, even if they don’t even really know them or have anything against them. But people will do it just to fit in with the crowd. Everyone just kind of jumps into whatever’s going on so that they can be like everyone else and do what everyone else does without even stopping to think about what it is or if they should do it. They jump right in with the crowd. Even whenever the crowd is starting something new, people will just go along with it no matter what it is.
Article posted October 12, 2011 at 08:40 PM •
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