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By Zhang Jie
Transcript of By Zhang Jie
By Zhang Jie
"My love is like a tree the roots of which strike deeper year after year - I have no way to uproot it"
Located in China
Time: After the Cultural Revolution
Where and when the story takes place
"Although living in the seventies of the twentieth century, people still consider marriage the way they did millennia ago, as a means of continuing the race, a form of barter..." (1)
Based on this passage of the short story, the narrator
clearly stated the time period in which this event took place in.
She also gave a brief description of her location by describing their view on marriage.
Point of View
First point of view
"I felt ashamed to have put him on the spot...Loneliness flooded my heart
When the narrator began to describe the emotion they were feeling at that specific moment in time, it helped rule out the other two point of views because normally if a short story was written in third point of view, emotions of any of the characters would not have been told directly. The emotions described help the readers grasp a better understanding of the story and the struggles the narrator and her mother had faced.
Point of View
Written by Zhang Jie in the 1986, "Love Must Not Be Forgotten" tells a story of a thirty year old girl who is trying to identify herself as a woman in her culture, being pressured to marry a man she does not love. The story then began to explore the disappearance of love as she began to read her late mother's diary. The diary contained every emotions and events her mother dealt with throughout her life.
: "In a society where commercial production still exists, marriage like most other transactions is still a form of
his food for cash at lunch because he was not hungry at the time
To make up, as for errors or deficiencies
"But distasteful as it is, I take some pleasure in this form of
Mary took back her
towards the strange girl in class because she believed she was right
A twilled worsted or woolen fabric used especially for clothing
: "Out stepped an elderly man with white hair in a black
curtains made the living room appear cozier than before.
- "I" or "we" serves as the narrator of a piece of fiction
- Author's hidden message
Sacrificial love is necessary under certain circumstances
"There's nothing wrong with falling in love, as long as you don't
spoil someone else's life... In fact, the hero might have loved her too. Only for the sake of a third person's happiness, they had to renounce their love..." (5).
Although the narrator's mother had to try to forget about her one true love, it did not stop her from giving up. After years of loving him, she hang on to the fact that although they cannot be together here in the physical world, they can reunite in the afterlife where nothing or anyone to get in between them.
- A serious argument
Both internal and external (Man vs. Himself and Man vs. Society) because the narrator struggled to make a decision about marriage as the result of society pressuring her to marry the man she did not love.
"You man be regarded as an eccentric who looks down on ordinary people, not respecting age-old customs - a heretic. In short they will trump up endless vulgar and futile charges to ruin your reputation. Then you have to succumb to those ideas and marry regardless" (9).
- The leading character
The narrator and her mother. Although the story was about the narrator and her struggles with the view of society, her mother's diary and experiences written in the diary played a main part of the story.
- A person who actively opposes the main character
Society is the antagonist of the story because they strongly look down on the views of the narrator. Society refuses to let the narrator break the tradition of marriage by refusing to marry a man she does not love.
This passage is a valuable piece of literature because only does it inform the reader how society was like in China during the 1900s, but it also teaches the reader that society's view is not necessarily right. Everyone is allowed to have their own opinion on marriage. The contents of the diary also contained a lot of helpful advices on love if one needed it.