The Struggles of Liang Heng in Son of the Revolution

analytical Essay
1190 words
1190 words

The Sun of the Revolution by Liang Heng, is intriguing and vivid, and gives us a complex and compelling perspective on Chines culture during a confusing time period. We get the opportunity to learn the story of a young man with a promising future, but an unpleasant childhood. Liang Heng was exposed to every aspect of the Cultural Revolution in China, and shares his experiences with us, since the book is written from Liang perspective, we do not have a biased opinion from an elite member in the Chinese society nor the poor we get an honest opinion from the People’s Republic of China. Liang only had the fortunate opportunity of expressing these events due his relationship with his wife, An American woman whom helps him write the book. When Liang Heng and Judy Shapiro fell in love in China during 1979, they weren’t just a rarity they were both pioneers at a time when the idea of marriages between foreigners and Chinese were still unacceptable in society.

The Cultural Revolution in China was led by Mao Zedong, due to this Liang and many others faced overwhelming obstacles in many aspects of their life such as work, family and everyday encounters, if affected everyone’s families life and education, Liang lets us experience his everyday struggles during this era, where the government determined almost every aspect of life.

The beginning of the book starts out with Liang’s typical life, which seems normal, he has a family which consist of three children, two older sisters and him the youngest, his two sister’s reside in Changsha 1 his father has an everyday occupation working as a journalist at a local newspaper. Things start to take a turn early in life for Liang Heng, his families politics were always questioned, the mistake mad...

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... much different person who had become the “master of his own opinions” 2. Liang was more upset he spent "most of the time is spent memorizing dogma" (269)3. Liang began to research in search of him, and through education was able to think outside of the Maoist thought. We see that Liang grew to be happy; he found companionship, freedom, Liang and his wife were finally able to get married due to China being able to view the west as more openly. The Son of Revolution indicates the bounds and paradox of the communist government, which quarantined many individuals; regardless of the fact its main focus was on equality and the better of community.

Works Cited

Liang, Heng, and Judith Shapiro. 1984. Son of the revolution. New York: Vintage Books.

Barrett, David P. 1984.The International History Review 6 (4): 655-657.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how liang heng's the sun of the revolution gives us a complex and compelling perspective on chines culture during an confusing time period.
  • Analyzes how liang and many others faced overwhelming obstacles in many aspects of their life, such as work, family and everyday encounters. the cultural revolution in china was led by mao zedong.
  • Analyzes how liang heng's life takes a turn when he has three children, two older sisters, and the youngest. the book looks deep into mao’s cultural revolution.
  • Analyzes how mao's cultural revolution began with the hundred flowers campaign, followed by the anti-rights campaign and the great leap forward.
  • Explains that the socialist education campaign was the main motive behind this movement, which was to have scholars learn more from the masses and integrate their acquired skills with the common needs of the people.
  • Explains that mao's cultural revolution in 1966 was a way for him to reestablish himself as leader. after the failure of the great leap forward, he suggested that the bourgeois be removed immediately.
  • Analyzes how liang's first trouble began with his mother taking part in government criticism, which was forbidden, and the rest of the family were disliked and taunted by many.
  • Analyzes how liang's life was filled with disillusionment, social rejection, and consistent uphill battles, but he survived the cultural revolution and was able to produce this book.
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