Analysis Of Red Scarf Girl

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Red Scarf Girl, by Ji-Li Jiang, is an autobiography about Jiang’s life during the time of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. She lived in Shanghai, China, with her family. The time period of the Chinese Cultural Revolution was a ten year span from 1966 to 1976. It was a political movement launched by the Chairman of the Communist Party in China, Mao Zedong. His goal was to protect the Communist ideology in China. Red Scarf Girl is a story of Jiang’s personal experience from the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and how it affected her and her family. Ji-Li Jiang is just a school-girl in the beginning of the book. One day, Jiang is asked to audition for a Liberation Army dance team. She is very excited about this, but then is told by her parents she cannot audition because she would not pass the background check. In the Chinese Cultural Revolution Mao wanted to get rid of the “four olds” of China. Suddenly everything is very different in Ji-Li and her family’s life. As the book goes on, they are shutting down stores, they arrest her own father, and Jiang’s family worries about other people being arrested as well. Ji-Li Jiang’s main argument while writing this book is that is it always important to stick together. It is important to stick together with you family and your friends, even if the times get tough. In the book, Ji-Li Jiang structured it as a chapter book. She had titled chapters to split up the book into different, small sections. The book is written in chronological
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