Chinese40 SanMao analysis

Chinese40 SanMao analysis - Derek Pan Chinese 40 San Mao...

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Derek Pan Chinese 40 San Mao Writing Assignment The San Mao cartoon produced in the late 1940’s really gives the reader a true taste of China at the time. The point of the cartoon is to poke fun at the harsh social and economic conditions that lower class citizens had to endure. At the start, the protagonist, a small homeless boy, is taken in by a fisherman. Things take a dire change of direction when he is thrown out into the city with no food or home after his caretaker is killed. Although shown with funny drawings, the very first few strips hint at how shockingly easy it is for people to become homeless and helpless. The comic then follows the boy through his daily struggles as a homeless child. It’s actually really surprising how the writer gave absolutely no sympathy for the character, especially in a cartoon strip. The strips show all the hardships as they probably would be in real life for a homeless orphan. The comic as a whole was most likely an attempt to bring to light the reality of poverty in China during the 1940s. Through these comic strips,
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2009 for the course CHINESE chin40 taught by Professor Berry during the Spring '09 term at UCSB.

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