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  1. Anna Sophie says:

    Choose a theme that is developed throughout the memoir Red Scarf Girl. Explain how the theme unfolds over the course of the book. Make sure to include both paraphrased evidence and direct quotes from the book. (Direct quotes should include page numbers.)

    S/V agreement, perfect tense and verb tense

    Red Scarf Girl
    “Once my life was defined by my goals, now my life was defined by my responsibilities” (pg.263) Ji-li Jiang, a 12 year old girl who lived under Mao Ze-dong as a ruler, had to choose between her family and Mao. Her whole family was falling apart, just as much as her own life was. Ji-li were one of Mao’s big admirers, but that was before she discovered what a big liar and betrayer he was. It was Ji-li’s dream to become a Red Successor, a semiformal organization in elementary school and then a Red Guard. A Red guard was a person in high school or college, who would spy on people and do Mao’s work. Ji-li respected Mao and wanted him nothing bad, but after what he did, she wanted nothing else but bad. Ji-li Jiang was a girl trying to survive Chairman Mao’s madness.

    Ji-li Jiang started out as a girl who didn‚Äôt know what was expecting her. Ji-li was 12 years old and had the perfect family. At that, point her life was flawless and her future looked bright. The year was 1966 and Mao was a big part of a Chinese daily life. At first Mao started to destroy small parts of Ji-li‚Äôs family and her life. People needed to burn some of their pictures because they may have looked to rich. Ji-li’s parents went int their bath room to burn the pictures. They would only open the window a tiny bit, because or else the neighbors might notice the smoke. People were always afraid of their neighbors. One could never know if their neighbors would report what was going on in ones house. Them one night Ji-li’s uncle showed up at her house. Uncle Fan was all beaten up, he told the family that he had been to prosecution. The Red Guards had used violence to get uncle Fan to speak, and they knew people would confesse by using brutality. Eve though uncle Fan didn’t do what the guards though he did, he confessed. He told them that he had listened to foreign radio, which was something Mao had not aprooved on. At the radio Mao had announced that if you tell the truth, they would let the person who was being prosecuted go. Offcourse that was a lie, Mao wouldn’t be that nice. One night Ji-li’s fater didn’t come home, he had been taken to prosecution too. Uncle Fan had told the Red Guards that Ji-li’s father had listened to the foreign radio to, which was a lie. By that time, Ji-li’s family was about to fall apart. The whole family was shaken, and her mother was just laying in bed the whole time. Ji-li went to see her father. When she came to the place where he was being hold, she saw her father. He was outside, working, working on a labor camp. Her father was exhausted, tired and looked like he was going to collapse. The Red Guard who walked her to the window where she could see her father started asking her questions, and putting stuff in her mind. He was trying to brainwash her. The guard asked her if she chose Mao over her family. He told her that she had to choose who she would follow, Mao or her father in front of her father. Ji-li would offcourse choose her father, but if she was saing that I front of a big crowd, she got very nervous. I was a long time sence since Ji-li and her family had seen her father. The one night the family was told that he was comming home. They had prepared shrimp for dinner, because that was his favorite dish, and they were all set form him to come home. It had been so long since they saw him last, and everybody was exited to see him, but a disappointment came in the door. When Ji-li’s dad came in the door al he was comming for was some cloths. He said goodbye, and then he left. The whole family was devastated.

    That day it was Ji-li’s birthday, also the Chinese New Year, she wrote happy birthday on the window. Clearly it wasn’t a happy one. Her father wasn’t there and the whole family was depressed, even China was sad. Usually the sky was filled fith fireworks and everybody was happy. Now, it was quiet, Mao made one more useless rule about no fireworks, so no one was out having fun. Ji-li’s family had gotten to different terms, there was not a “man in the house” anymore, it was just one unsatisfied family. Ji-li had different responsibilities now. She couldn’t do as she like, go and have fun with her friends or anything, she had responsibilities. Responsibilities to take care of her family and make sure nothing happens to them. Her goals about becoming a Red Guard, having lots of friends was washed down the drain the second her dad walked out of the door. The only goal she had now was that she had to fulfill her responsibilities. Many children lot either their mother or their father when Mao was the leader. Alot of children had to make it through life without their parents, which is something no one should ever have to do. Children need their parents to stand by their side, to help them when they need support. What Mao did was that he took one by one, teared a family apart and went on like nothing happened. He broke the special bond each family has and threw it in the trash.

    • Anna Sophie says:

      Choose a theme that is developed throughout the memoir Red Scarf Girl. Explain how the theme unfolds over the course of the book. Make sure to include both paraphrased evidence and direct quotes from the book. (Direct quotes should include page numbers.)

      S/V agreement, perfect tense and verb tense

      Red Scarf Girl
      “Once my life was defined by my goals, now my life was defined by my responsibilities” (pg.263) In the memoir Red Scarf Girl, Ji-li Jiang, a 12 year old girl who lived under Mao Ze-dong as a ruler, had to choose between her family and Mao. Her whole family was falling apart, just as much as her own life was. Ji-li were one of Mao’s big admirers, but that was before she discovered what a big liar and betrayer he was. It was Ji-li’s dream to become a Red Successor, a semiformal organization in elementary school and then a Red Guard. A Red guard was a person in high school or college, who would spy on people and do Mao’s work. Ji-li respected Mao and wanted him nothing bad, but after what he did, she wanted nothing else but bad. Ji-li Jiang was a girl trying to survive Chairman Mao’s madness.

      Ji-li Jiang started out as a girl who didn‚Äôt know what was expecting her. Ji-li was 12 years old and ht had the perfect family. At that, point her life was flawless and her future looked bright. The year was 1966 and Mao was a big part of a Chinese daily life. At first Mao started to destroy small parts of Ji-li‚Äôs family and her life.” As we entered the apartment, I smelled smoke…grandama is there a fire Ji-li shouted… hush, hush! Grandma said”. (pg.123) People needed to burn some of their pictures because they may have looked to rich. Ji-li‚Äôs parents went int their bath room to burn the pictures. They would only open the window a tiny bit, because or else the neighbors might notice the smoke. People were always afraid of their neighbors. One could never know if their neighbors would report what was going on in ones house. Then one night Ji-li‚Äôs uncle showed up at her house. Uncle Fan was all beaten up, he told the family that he had been to prosecution. ‚ÄúOh my! I stopped when I saw his face. It was swollen, bruised, and bloody.‚Äù (pg.173)The Red Guards had used violence to get uncle Fan to speak, and they knew people would confesse by using brutality. Eve though uncle Fan didn‚Äôt do what the guards though he did, he confessed. He told them that he had listened to foreign radio, which was something Mao had not aprooved on. At the radio Mao had announced that if you tell the truth, they would let the person who was being prosecuted go. Of course that was a lie, Mao wouldn‚Äôt be that nice. One night Ji-li‚Äôs fater didn‚Äôt come home, he had been taken to prosecution too. Uncle Fan had told the Red Guards that Ji-li‚Äôs father had listened to the foreign radio to, which was a lie. By that time, Ji-li‚Äôs family was about to fall apart. The whole family was shaken, and her mother was just laying in bed the whole time. Ji-li went to see her father. When she came to the place where he was being hold, she saw her father. He was outside, working, working on a labor camp. Her father was exhausted, tired and looked like he was going to collapse. The Red Guard who walked her to the window where she could see her father started asking her questions, and putting stuff in her mind. He was trying to brainwash her. The guard asked her if she chose Mao over her family. He told her that she had to choose who she would follow, Mao or her father in front of her father. Ji-li would of course choose her father, but if she was saying that I front of a big crowd, she got very nervous. I was a long time sence since Ji-li and her family had seen her father. The one night the family was told that he was coming home. They had prepared shrimp for dinner, because that was his favorite dish, and they were all set for him to come home. It had been so long since they saw him last, and everybody was excited to see him, but a disappointment came in the door. When Ji-li‚Äôs dad came in the door all he was coming for was some cloths. He said goodbye, and then he left. The whole family was devastated.

      That day it was Ji-li’s birthday, also the Chinese New Year, she wrote happy birthday on the window. Clearly it wasn’t a happy one. Her father wasn’t there and the whole family was depressed, even China was sad. Usually the sky was filled with fireworks and everybody was happy. Now, it was quiet, Mao made one more useless rule about no fireworks, so no one was out having fun. Ji-li’s family had gotten to different terms, there was not a “man in the house” anymore, it was just one unsatisfied family. Ji-li had different responsibilities now. She couldn’t do as she like, go and have fun with her friends or anything, she had responsibilities. Responsibilities to take care of her family and make sure nothing happens to them. Her goals about becoming a Red Guard, having lots of friends was washed down the drain the second her dad walked out of the door. The only goal she had now was that she had to fulfill her responsibilities. Many children lost either their mother or their father when Mao was the leader. A lot of children had to make it through life without their parents, which is something no one should ever have to do. Children need their parents to stand by their side, to help them when they need support. What Mao did was that he took one by one, teared a family apart and went on like nothing happened. He broke the special bond each family has and threw it in the trash.

  2. Hyeonwoo Son says:

    Jang Ji Li, a normal Chinese girl had to choose between her family or a dictator Mao, who spread an effective combination of violence and indoctrination all over the country. As a new successor, Mao has taken over the whole China, he wanted to change everything in his country, this was known as “Cultural Revolution”. Cultural Revolution was the greatest educational incident chronicled which took place from 1966 to 1976. During the Cultural Revolution, the red guards were created Mao. Red guard fought against a democratic policy and they attacked an aspect called “4 olds”. “The 4 olds” were old ideas, old culture, old custom, and old habits”. Furthermore, many aspects of life were forbidden or simply done away during the Cultural Revolution. Jang Ji Li was a common school student, who was really talented in dancing. She lived in a family of six, including her father, mother, her grandfather, and her two siblings. She was really interesting and educable in art dance, but her father stopped her from auditioning to Central Liberation Army Arts Academy due to her family’s class statue. Moreover, she was trying to be elected as “red guard”, who didn’t know why Chairman Mao has made the red guards for. However, she couldn’t be elected because of her low class statue. Her grandfather was a landlord, which considered as one of the worst job because, Mao thought that landlords cheated on people to make their money. This affected her even though her grandfather already passed away.
    “My class status is also office worker. My father is an actor..” I stumbled trying remembering what Yu Jian had said. “He is not a Party member, and neither is my mother. And… I don’t know what else.” I sat down.‚Äù (quote, pgs. 58)
    This quote can prove how hard was it to do anything during Cultural Revolution in such a class statue like “landlords’.
    Mao used red guards to search for “four olds” as a way to get rid of all those people who aren’t followed his rule. Jang Ji Li had to burn all old albums which were really valuable to her family, because red guards would go inside and search for anything that can be in 4 olds. Ji li, her family and whole citizens were brainwashed into having same thoughts as a leader Mao who launched Cultural Revolution. Those people who didn’t follow what Mao had said were punished severely.
    “Dad!” Ji-Yung shouted, but he had already vanished around the corner. ‚ÄúA week had passed and Dad still had not come home. And no-one knew why‚Äù.
    Ji Li’s father had been detained for no reason, and even after he cleared all his consequences, he hadn’t come back. When Ji Li went to see him, he was carrying heavy cement pipes around a work shed. She was only relived about he wasn’t bloody and bruised. I liked this quotes because, it explained how it was horrified Ji Li’s family went through all the times under Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

    In conclusion, in the eyes of the people in China, Mao was a like a god. He was never at failed, also to them he was China’s hope. However, in reality, Mao controlled what they read, learned, heard, and saw during his reign of dictatorship. I think the ‚ÄúRed Scarf Girl‚Äô was really about how Ji Li survived during the cultural revolution, making difficult choices about her friends and family. In addition, how it was hard to protect her family and friends even taking her life threatening under Mao‚Äôs severe control. I would strongly recommend this book to other eight graders, because I am sure that they can feel how hard it was for Ji Li. As if they were there in Cultural Revolution experiencing everything Ji Li faced.

  3. Natty says:

    What will you choose between your family and Mao? Jiang Ji-li a twelve-year-old girl who was always full with join and happiness. She has everything someone could want. She has such a lovely family she felt like she is the luckiest girl in the world. She loved her family, her mom, her dad, her sister, her brother and her grandma. Everything change after Mao came. From happiness, join full, and the lovely family to asked question about herself and her family.
    She’s been studied martial arts since second grade. One day the Liberation Army woman came to her school, she asked her to audition for the Central Liberation Army Art Academy. She was so proud of herself, as soon as she got home she told everyone about it. But it didn’t came out as good as she though it would be, her parents asked her to not go to the audition because of her family political background investigation. The next day she went to school and told her teacher that she can’t go everyone were surprise about what she said.

    • Natty says:

      What will you choose between your family and Mao? In the memoir Red Scarf Girl, Jiang Ji-li a twelve-year-old girl who was always full with join and happiness. She has everything someone could want. She has such a lovely family she felt like she is the luckiest girl in the world. She loved her family, her mom, her dad, her sister, her brother and her grandma. Everything change after Mao came. From happiness, join full, and the lovely family to asked question about herself and her family.

      She’s been studied martial arts since second grade. One day the Liberation Army woman came to her school, she asked her to audition for the Central Liberation Army Art Academy. She was so proud of herself, as soon as she got home she told everyone about it. But it didn’t came out as good as she though it would be, her parents asked her to not go to the audition because of her family political background investigation. The next day she went to school and told her teacher that she can’t go everyone were surprise about what she said.

  4. Hyun Ji Park says:

    “Red Scarf Girl”

    Choose a theme that is developed throughout the memoir Red Scarf Girl. Explain how the theme unfolds over the course of the book. Make sure to include both paraphrased evidence and direct quotes from the book. (Direct quotes should include page numbers.)

    Use a traditional essay structure:hook background thesis evidence and support (include page numbers with direct quotes) conclusion Assume the audience is a well-educated person who has not read the memoir.

    Mao and his military tried to made Ji-il Jang’s family to make believe Mao but their family didn’t sway.

    In 1966, Chinese were controlled by Chairman Mao. That time there was a girl who named by Ji-li Jang and she was twelve-years old. She was a high- class student girl in her school but she also couldn’t avoid Mao’s interference. Her family was afraid about red guards’ interference and they tried to hide something which would can make a problem. Ji-il was different with her family. She didn’t scared with red guard or policeman. Rather she said directly her opinion to policemen.

    When Ji-il walked on her garden, she smelled smoke. and she looking around but there were nothing anywhere. Then, her grandmother told to her, it is come from bathroom. She went inside the bathroom. When she opened the door, much smoke came out. Her father shouted to Ji-il to closed the door. I the bathroom, it was filled up with too much dark smoke.Her parents were burned many pictures. he asked why did they burn that. Answer was shocked because her father wore a expensive clothes and her grandmother also. If the red guards know this, they will bring us to jail. They also hated rich person so her parents tried to erase that. What a selfish policy. That looked enough uncomfortable, but they had one more problem.

    She had some problems about her father because his father detained by police man. Before he detained, he said to Ji-il Jang, “I will come back soon.” Ji-il Jang was waited much time but he didn’t come back. So she decided to visited the police station. When she went inside, she met a man and ask where is her father. The effect was terrible. That man said she couldn’t meet her father. Maybe he was worried about she can made her father go out from the jail. Then, one man came. He asked what’s going on. And that man was high level of police station. Ji-il Jang asked the same question to him also. His opinion was different. He said she could met her father! She walked hallway with that man. Finally, she met her father. When she looked his father, her heart was painful because her father looked tired. Another way, she felt better because before she thought his father died. After she saw her father, that policeman said he want to talk with her. She was afraid inside but soon she calm down. That policeman went inside the room and after Ji-il walked in. He opened his mouth. He said choose her family or Mao. If Ji-li choose Mao, he will take care of her and make her to got good quality of education but if Ji-il choose her family, they will be dangerous. She gave up her school. Maybe also her father or mother will can go to the jail but Ji-il said she will take care of her brother so don’t worried.

    Ji-il Jang’s family got many temion to police and soldiers but they didn’t agitate.Always they have to be careful from red guards because if they thought her family looked strange, they can carry to somewhere. Mao tried to control their mind but he couldn’t. Between families relationship was more stronger than any painful problems to them.

  5. Maya Strikovsky says:

    “You can break with your family and follow Chairman Mao, or you can follow you father and become an enemy of the people” (226 p).That was Jiang Ji Li life, during the time that Mao was in power.She had to decide between her family and Chairman Mao. Mao’s way of ruling was aggressive and cruel. Mao brainwashed Jiang Ji Li and everyone around her, against people they liked and made them do things they never thought they will do. Mao brainwashed people with lies. People thought he was god and that he was perfect. They admired him because he had all the power and they were brainwashed. “Anyone who sees Chairman Mao is the happiest person in the world”(107 p). People wanted to meet him just to know him personally, just to know him close.

  6. Hong Won Ji says:

    In China, there was a puppet show under Mao’s control. The story “Red Scarf Girl” is about a Chinese girl ‘Jang Ji Li’ who is twelve years old, leads an ordinary life as a student. She has lots of friends and a bright future in Communist China. In 1966, China’s leader Mao Zedong launched the Cultural Revolution. From that moment, Ji Li’s life begins to fall apart. After a few years, Ji Li’s friends and neighbors were forced to live in constant terror of arrest. When Ji Li’s father is finally imprisoned, that part could be the hardest time for entire her life. As through this, we could say Mao was autocratic tyrant who used indoctrination, cult of the leader and brutality to maintain his authority.
    “My class status is also office worker. My father is an actor..” I stumbled trying remembering what Yu Jian had said. “He is not a Party member, and neither is my mother. And… I don’t know what else.” I sat down.” (quote, pgs. 58)
    This quote can prove how hard was it to do anything during Cultural Revolution in such a class statue like “landlords’.
    Mao used red guards to search for “four olds” as a way to get rid of all those people who aren’t followed his rule. Jang Ji Li had to burn all old albums which were really valuable to her family, because red guards would go inside and search for anything that can be in 4 olds. Ji li, her family and whole citizens were brainwashed into having same thoughts as a leader Mao who launched Cultural Revolution. Those people who didn’t follow what Mao had said were punished severely.
    “Dad!” Ji-Yung shouted, but he had already vanished around the corner. “A week had passed and Dad still had not come home. And no-one knew why”.
    Ji Li’s father had been detained for no reason, and even after he cleared all his consequences, he hadn’t come back. When Ji Li went to see him, he was carrying heavy cement pipes around a work shed. She was only relived about he wasn’t bloody and bruised. I liked this quotes because, it explained how it was horrified Ji Li’s family went through all the times under Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

    In conclusion, in the eyes of the people in China, Mao was a like a god. He was never at failed, also to them he was China’s hope. However, in reality, Mao controlled what they read, learned, heard, and saw during his reign of dictatorship. I think the “Red Scarf Girl’ was really about how Ji Li survived during the cultural revolution, making difficult choices about her friends and family. In addition, how it was hard to protect her family and friends even taking her life threatening under Mao’s severe control. I would strongly recommend this book to other eight graders, because I am sure that they can feel how hard it was for Ji Li. As if they were there in Cultural Revolution experiencing everything Ji Li faced.

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