Oppression: Seizing the Frustration

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Allen Alinea
Professor Kong
Chinese Literature Translation I
30 April 2008
Oppression: Seizing the Frustration

Throughout China’s long and ever-changing history, it was the people who had to go through the times of warring states and foreign invasion. From the Zhou Dynasty to the renaissance of the philosophical ideas of Confucius to the twentieth century occupation by the Empire of Japan, China has a long history of social oppression. Despite the destruction of many ancient writings, Chinese literature had flourished during these times. History has shown the abuse of power results in the oppression of the people. In ancient China, the aristocracy conveyed frequent, social changes. These social changes consequently lead to invariable Wars between states. It was evident that there was an unfair line drawn between the wealthy and the poor during the wars. The poor were forced to fight the wars during these times, while the rich accumulated a substantial amount of wealth. Besides domestic oppression, the people of China experienced invasion from foreign countries like Portugal, Great Britain, Russia, France, the United States, and Japan. In the late 1800s, China experienced an uprising, known as the Boxer Rebellion, due to the oppression caused by their foreign invaders. Through literature, excluding the propaganda, one can understand the social desires and thoughts of an entire nation. The “Foolish Old Man Who Removed Mountains” and “the Tale of the Peach Blossom Spring” are two perfect literary examples to examine and analyze the social desires of the Chinese people. The “Foolish Old Man Who Removed Mountains” tells the story of an old man living behind two mountains. The mountains blocked his way to the south causing him to choose a path around the obstruction. Unhappy with the two mountains, the old man decided to level them in order to create a…...

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