Red Scarf Girl
Compare Contrast Chinese Cultural Revolution
I compared page 36 of the novel Red Scarf Girl written by Jiang-JiLi with an article called ” Red Guards Smash the Four Olds″. Ji Li’s purpose was to express her feelings about the Cultural Revolution, while the purpose of the article was to inform people about the Revolution.
The tone of the Red Scarf Girl was fearful, and the article’s tone was hostile.
While Red Scarf girl had standard diction, the article had high diction. There was also no figurative language in both texts.
In conclusion, while the texts were both written on the same topic, there were little similarities.
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In The Last Hour by Erin Hunter, the author shows repeatedly that the theme of the book is friendship and courage.
Firestar is the main character, and his mentor, Tigerstar, the most powerful cat in the forest has left their clan (Thunder Clan) and has gone to Shadow Clan. His hate for Firestar has driven him to destroy all clans in the forest. “Cats of all Clans! I have news for you. Listen well, for great change will come to the forest. ShadowClan has the favor of StarClan, we are blessed because we survived the sickness, and I have received the blessing of our warrior ancestors most of all because it was my task to restore the clan and make it great again.” (Hunter 134) Tigerstar plotted to take over all the Clans and abandon the ancient code of the ancestors. “Leopardstar has already agreed to join RiverClan with ShadowClan, we shall be joint leaders of a greater clan, to be known as TigerClan.” (136) The clan tradition was that there would always be four clans, but Tigerstar broke the tradition and threatened to kill and slaughter the other clan cats who do not join his new clan. Tallstar, the leader of WindClan showed courage as he stood up to Tigerstar. “TigerClan was the name of one of the great Clans of the ancient times. Tigerstar has no right to use it now. Nor does he have the right to change the number of Clans in the forest. We have lived as four clans for innumerable seasons, following the warrior code laid down for us by StarClan. To throw away our ancient ways would bring a disaster. I’ll die before I join my clan to yours!” (137). This already shows multiple cases of bravery.
“Most of all, Firestar recalled his dismay and disbelief as he crouched becide his leader on the riverbank and realized that she sacrificed her last life to save him and all of ThunderClan from the dog pack.” (7) This shows the courage and friendship between a clan leader and the clan members. The leader was brave enough to sacrifice herself to save her friends.
“Good-bye Firestar” (296) Here, the deputy of ThunderClan, Whitestorm is about to die, even though he knows he is old, he still fought until the very last second to save the clan. This shows a considerable amount of courage, because our wits tell us to run away from danger, not run into the danger and kill yourself to save others.
In conclusion, the theme that was repeatedly mentioned is courage and friendship.
Bravery was demonstrated in different settings in the 39 clues. When Alistair Oh was kidnapped, he was willing to risk his life to save his nephews from being kidnapped too. Bravery is the theme because it was demonstrated multiple times, Alistair Oh, Dan Cahill. They all demonstrated courage when their family members were kidnapped and they put their life on the line for the sake of their family.
In the book The Maze of Bones, the author uses an inciting incident to cause the protagonist to make a choice. Amy and Dan have to choose between two million dollars or a clue to a scavenger hunt.
At first, when their grandmother died, they were given a choice: they could take one million dollars and leave, or they could get a clue to something greater. Both Amy and Dan were terrified. ‘Right now, all she wanted to do was run up to Grace’s library, close the door, and curl up with a book. She wanted to find Saladin, Grace’s Egyptian Mau, and cuddle with him. But Grace was dead, and the poor cat… who knew where he was now? She blinked the tears out of her eyes, thinking about the last time she’d seen her grandmother.’ She didn’t know what to do, if they take the two million, their horrible Aunt Beatrice would take the money. ‘Dan knew good and well that Aunt Beatrice only looked after them for Grace’s sake. Amy wished Grace had adopted them after their parents died, but she hadn’t. For the last seven years, Dan and Amy had been at Beatrice’s mercy, living in a tiny little apartment with a series of au pairs. Beatrice had paid for everything, but she didn’t pay much. Amy and Dan god enough to eat and a new set of clothes every six months, but that was it. No presents. No special treats. No allowance.’ Because of this, Both Dan and Amy struggled to make the choice.
However, when they reach the Catacomb, both of them demonstrated that they were brave and willing to risk their life for the question for 39 clues. Amy had just got a serum that could possibly lead to the next clue, when her famous movie star cousin, Jonah Wizard, comes in and demands Amy to give him the serum. Then she shows a lot of courage, saying: “Back off, Jonah, or … or I will smash it!” This shows the difference in personality from Amy being a terrified little girl into an intimidating Cahill agent. Dan also changed a lot. ‘I can trade away my trading cards for it.’ At first, all Dan cared about was his trading cards, now he was willing to throw away his life just for his grandmother’s quest.
In conclusion, it is clear that both Dan and Amy has big characterization changes. They went from terrified to brave throughout the rising action.