Month: September 2019

The Irony of Poverty

The film “To Live” follows the life of Fugui, a Chinese citizen, to see the impacts of the Cultural Revolution in the 1970s. Throughout the plot, the author explores the theme of irony. The use of situational irony in the rising action shows how the protagonist, Fugui, adapts to the changing surroundings and reflects communist values.

The film begins with Fugui being a part of the social hierarchy. He lived in a mansion with his wife, daughter, and parents. However, represented in the first scene, Fugui entered a significant turning point. Gambling is a symbol for win and losses, life and destiny. Fugui’s obsession with gambling cost him his all things he cherished: estate, family, father. Fugui believed he “had nothing left” (16:50).

Additionally, the dark streets evoke a sense of forlorn and foreshadow his soon-to-be impoverished life on the streets. The following clip is Fugui, and his mother left with nothing but a few sacks of essentials. The sullen, dejected expressions the characters carry, show their realization that their future in poverty is inevitable. From this moment on, they were forced to adapt to life in the working class. The turn in events shows just how fast someone’s life can change. Within a day, Fugui was robbed from his fortunes. These scenes create the foundation of the irony that occurs later on in the film.

The author’s use of situational irony plays a significant role in revealing communist ideas. The working class was the main supporters of Chairman Mao; they were the heart of the communist party. Long’er having taken every penny from Fugui, ended up getting executed in his place. On the other hand, being poor was the reason why Fugui and his family were able to live and survive the cultural revolution, as well as overcome personal obstacles. At the same time, Fugui losing everything allowed him to realize what he wanted—a stable life with his family.

It’s Your Destiny to Vote for Stephanie

This propaganda poster is created to let the high school students of ISB vote me as their class president. The background is of our school to give some context. The poster aims towards teenagers, so the primary persuasive technique I used is humor. Humor is in both the caption and the figure. The motto includes the use of jargon, humor, and rhyming. These techniques will help capture the student’s attention when passing by the stairwells. The purpose of the colors black and blue emphasizes the keywords while creating unity in the composition. Colors bring the reader’s eye towards the figure where black and blue are present. The filter on the picture is designed to humor the audience and correlate back to the text.


Six Aspects of  the Rhetorical Triangle

  • Speaker: high school student of ISB
  • Audience: high school students
  • Topic: class president candidate
  • Purpose: persuade students to vote me as president
  • Context: 2019, ISB
  • Genre: propaganda poster

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