Essay The Fall Of Ah Q

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The Fall of Ah-Q(ing)

In The True Story of Ah-Q, Lu Xun uses satire to compare the misfortunes of Ah-Q, a poor handyman, to the intrinsic problems of the Qing Dynasty that led to the Xinhai Revolution in 1911. Lu argues that the Xinhai Revolution was unsuccessful in implementing any positive changes in China because it was an unorganized rebellion, without a clear plan. Lu also contends that the lack of defined leadership throughout the Revolutionary Alliance hurt the party’s chances of success and weakened the efficacy of the revolution. Additionally, Lu hints at the causes of the revolution and provides interesting historical context through the fictional accounts of Ah-Q’s daily misfortunes. The True Story of Ah-Q gives readers a simplified look at the political challenges China faced before, during, and after the Xinhai Revolution.

According to Lu, Ah-Q’s inability to consider the consequences of his actions subsequently led to his downfall. At first, Ah-Q does not support the rebels. The narrator states, “back then, he had an intuition – why, he couldn’t say – that these revolutionaries were rebelling against the established order of things, and that rebellion would make his life difficult; and so head conceived a violent hatred for them.” However, Ah-Q quickly changes his attitude towards the rebellion and sees it as an opportunity to settle his many grievances. The narrator says, “’Hurrah for revolution!’ Ah-Q thought. It’ll do for the whole rotten lot of…

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