Essay on Mao S Last Dancer Relation To Kite Runner

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Mao’s Last Dancer

1. Identify your text and author
Non-fiction text, autobiography: Mao’s Last Dancer written by Li Cunxin

2. What is this text about? Summarise the story or the premise of the text.
The text is about a young, peasant boy called Li Cunxin who lives in a poor village in north-east China. The text is set around the rule of the communist party led by Chairman Mao. One day, Li is visited by Madame Mao’s cultural delegates at his school. They are searching for young children to be guards for Chairman Mao and Li becomes one of them. The text conveys a physical and inner journey as Li leaves his small village and dances for some of the most exceptional ballet companies in the world.

3. Identify three aspects of the journey
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They kept asking me if it hurt. Of course it hurt: it was excruciating! But I was determined to be chosen... I did bear the pain, but the hardest thing was pretending to walk normally afterwards. They had torn both my hamstrings.” Li is determined to pass his audition and uses this motivation to overcome this challenge.

Journeys offer hope for a better tomorrow- Li embarks on his journey in search for a solution to his previous destitute life. When Li lived in his poor village in China he wrote, “I made my secret wish. I daydreamed about all the beautiful things in life that were not mine. I begged them for more food for my family.” This is juxtaposed when Li explores his new house in America, “I couldn’t help myself from being constantly shocked. Everything was new... It even had its own bathroom with a human-sized bathtub! I had never used a bathtub before.” This displays the reason for Li to venture out from his small village in China to the city in America, to find something that gives him happiness from his previous life of hardship and poverty.

5. What aspects of the journey in your chosen text relate to The Kite Runner? Explain your answer.
When Amir and Baba travel to America from their previous life of struggle from political war, they are in search for a better tomorrow

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