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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress and China's Histori

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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress and China's Historical Events Timeline
By: Navi Cheema
English 1001

Where did it all begin?
On May 15, 1966, the Chairman of the Communist party in China, Mao Zedong, had launched his project of China's Cultural Revolution. Mao's was afraid of being over powered. His goal throughout the Cultural Revolution was to limit the knowledge of the people in China and be in full control.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Part 3
The boys take the Little Seamstress to the cinema and the narrator cannot help but feel jealous of Luo having the seamstress all to himself
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Part 4
Luo takes books to read to the Little Seamstress everyday
The narrator and Luo trade books on special occasions
The narrator has a dream about the Little Seamstress falling from the steep mountain and dying
The headman returns to the village but his tooth is still causing him pain
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Part 5
Part 5 begins with Luo’s story
Balzac and the Little Chineses Seamstress part 1
In the novel we are first introduced to the narrator and his best friend, Luo. They have been sent to a village to be reeducated and the narrator brings his violin along with him.
The village headman and the village people examine the violin very carefully and do not know what it is, but they eventually allow the narrator to keep it as long as he plays songs that follow Mao's rules.
Both boys come from educated families, the narrator's parents were both doctors, his father was a lung specialist, his mother was a "consultant in parasitic disease and Luo's father was a very well-known dentist, known for having worked on Mao's teeth once
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Part 2
In the second section of the novel, the reader is introduced to Four-eyes, a friend of the narrator’s and Luo’s
Four-eyes is busy working in the field and sends the boys to his house to wait for him
Luo has not fully recovered from his sickness and is feeling cold so the narrator looks for a blanket in Four-eye’s house to give to him
The narrator discovers a box and assumes there are books inside of it
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Part 6
The Little Seamstress tells the narrator that she is pregnant with Luo’s child
The narrator acts as if the Seamstress is pregnant with his child and leaves to the city to find a doctor that will help them with an abortion
At the end of the novel, the seamstress had ran away to follow her dreams in the city and both the boys are left alone again to continue their reeducation.
How did Mao accomplish this?
Mao had banned all books from China. He limited everyone's education and enforced that the only book that could be read in China was Mao's Little Red Book, which was written by him. The book manipulated everyone to believe that Mao's plans for the country would be a great benefit for everyone.
How did Mao accomplish this?
Mao hired Red Guards all over China to help enforce his rules. The red guards were like police officers, their job was to punish anyone who did not follow Mao's lead. They wore a red bandannas around their arm to enforce their authority.
How did Mao accomplish this?
Mao separated children from their families. If a child was from an educated family he/she would be sent to a village to be reeducated to learn farm work.
Part 1 Continued
The boys were quickly put to work. They had to do hard labor like working naked in the coal mines and go backpacking up steep hills while carrying heavy loads of meat.
The boys went to the city to watch films on their free time. When they returned they would reenact the film to all the village people.
The boys quickly became well-known for their talent of reenacting films.
Part 1 Continued
The boys meet the seamstress for the first time when they go to her house
Both the boys are attracted to the seamstress
Luo is the first to flirt with the seamstress and wins her heart
Luo and the Seamstress compare their toes with one another
Part 1 Continued
Luo gets sick with malaria from working in the coal mines
One of the men the boys work with attempts to beat the sickness out of Luo by hitting his back with branches
The narrator finds a letter from the Seamstress for Lao asking him to come reenact a film for her
The narrator takes Luo to see the Seamstress where he falls even more ill
The Seamstress make a herbal remedy for Luo and calls sorceresses to enchant the sickness out of Luo
While the sorceresses perform their ritual, Luo is sleeping, and to help prevent the sorceresses from falling asleep, the Seamstress tells the narrator to reenact a film for them
Towards the end of the night Luo is feeling better
The sections ends with the Seamstress and Luo kissing
Part 2 Continued
When the narrator asks Four-eyes about the box of books he denies that there are any books in it
The next time the narrator goes to look for the box, it is no where to be found in Four-eye's house
Eventually Four-eyes confesses and agrees to make a deal with the boys
If Luo and the narrator do work for Four-eyes, he will give them a book to read
Part 2 Continued
The boys are given a book by Balzac to read and they enjoyed it very much
The narrator writes his favorite parts of the novel on the inside of his sheep skinned coat
Luo leaves to tell the Seamstress about the story he read
That night he returns to the hut with two bloody leaves
Part 2 Continued
The boys want another book from Four-eyes and agree to another deal
Four-eyes sends the boys to the miller so they can get a song from him that Four-eyes can use as a way to leave the village
The Seamstress made clothes for both the boys to help disguise them
When they return to Four-eyes, he was not impressed with the news they bring back and does not give them a book
The narrator was so full of rage from hearing that he was not getting a book that he punched Four-eyes in the jaw and leaves
Part 3 Continued
The Seamstress, Luo, and the narrator run into a lady that has come to take her son, which we later find out is Four-eye’s mother
Four-eye’s plan had worked and he was able to leave the village,
His mother planned a festival for him in the village before they departed
Part 3 Continued
When Luo and the narrator found out about Four-eye's new, they planned to sneak into his house during the festival and steal Four-eye’s box of books.
They act on this plan and successfully stole Four-eye’s box of books
Part 4 Continued
The Little Seamstress’s father is visiting the narrators village and asks to stay with the narrator and Luo
One night, the tailor asks to hear one of the boys stories, Luo has the narrator tell the story because he wants to try to impress his future father-in-law
The tailor is inspired from the story and he makes clothes that he thinks people from the story would wear
The next night when the narrator continues the story the village headman walks in and threatens to take the narrator to the Public Police for telling a story which meant that he had read a book
They come to an agreement with the headman, Luo, with the help of the narrator and the tailor, will fix the headman's tooth and the headman will not take the narrator to the Public Police
Part 4 Continued
Section four ends with The Miller’s Story
The miller was in the woods one day to chop down trees like he always does when he saw a boy and a girl swimming naked in the lake
The girl at one point jumped off a cliff and into the lake like a bird
The miller recognized the boy as a boy who had came to his house as an interpreter once
Part 5 Continued
Luo explains to the reader how he would take the Little Seamstress to the lake and teach her to swim
When she learned how to swim, he would throw his keys (keys that his mother had given him) into the water and watch her dive in and grab them
Luo’s mother falls ill and Luo has to leave for 2 months, before he leaves he asks the narrator to look out of the Little Seamstress because she was a lot of admirers
Part 5 Continued
The narrator goes to the Seamstress's house everyday and does chores for her and her father
The narrator get ambushed by suitors one night on his way home
As the boys where beating on him, one of the narrator's books accidentally fell out of his basket
He quickly grabbed the book and left, that nigh he dreamed about sleeping with the Little Seamstress.
Part 6 Continued
When the narrator gets to the city he has a hard time getting a hold of a doctor
He visits his an old friend who is a preacher and his very ill and close to death
He finds a doctor that agress to do the abortion and in exchange gives him two books
Part 6 Continued
When Luo returns home, him and the narrator burn all the books they had
The Little Seamstress’s father tells the boys that the Seamstress has ran away
Luo try's to run after the Seamstress, and the narrator try's to run after Luo
Luo sees the Little Seamstress at a cemetery and asks her to stay but she leaves to follow her dreams in the city anyway.
The Gang of Four where "the most prominent radicals" who had their mind set on being the new leaders of China.
They were lead by Mao's widow. Jiang Quing.
On September 9, 1976, Zao Zedong had a stroke and died
In October 1976, the Gang of Four had been arrested
These events were the marking of the end of China's Cultural Revolution
Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures
During 1972- 1976 China was going through a succession phase.
The succession phase was an intense battle between politics and ideologist over whether to continue the policies of the Cultural Revolution or to end them.
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