Outline of Saboteur Essay

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Outline of Essay

Title - The Importance of Settings in Ha Jin’s “Saboteur”

Introduction - Ha Jin brings out the historical setting, consisting of political, social and cultural, geographical and physical elements as all are important in this story and how they influence the story line (thesis statement)

Analysis - political, social and cultural elements as well as geographical and physical elements in the essay are discussed and analysed.

Conclusion - To reinstate the thesis statement and findings.

The Importance of Settings in “Saboteur”

“Saboteur” by Ha Jin may seem a straight cut reading pleasure to most people. Its plot, which is carried out
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This is clearly reflected in the story where Mr. Chiu is ordered to write a letter to confess a crime which he did not commit. During the Cultural Revolution, Mao Zedong urges leaders to rise in self-criticism or the criticism that purges the others: The Community Party does not fear criticism because we are Marxists, the truth is on our side, and the basic masses, the workers and peasants, are on our side (Yuan Gao 144)
This somehow denotes Mao Zedong’s urge for a freedom-of-speech nation; a country that is not afraid to make or to receive remarks. China, until today, is known very well for its vocal approach in the political world; given now that it has large veto power. But what if this freedom of speech violates the freedom of the citizens? This could be another means of oppression to the masses since many critics who supports Chinese democracy (as opposed to the official view of Communist Party) describes this ‘urge’ from the authority as ‘too much government and too little popular participation’. Citizens are forced to lay claim to false statements, to agree on many things that they disagree and to do many things they never intend to do. During the Cultural Revolution, artists and intellectuals experienced a level of oppression that is difficult, even now, to comprehend. Ironically, Mr. Chiu is offered to sign his self-criticism carrying a date that is July the 13th: “I

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