Reading response 3 - Greg Reynolds History 6B 19 March 2009...

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Greg Reynolds History 6B 19 March 2009 About the Children In “A Madman’s Diary” one can summarize Lu Hsun’s most important argument down into the final phrase “perhaps there are still children who have not eaten men? Save the children…” 1 This line can be interpreted in a variety of ways and can be made to seem like it is advocating child indoctrination towards revolution of the social order but on closer observation it transforms into a message of cautious hope. Hsun’s narrator’s wild ramblings throughout the rest of the short story can be made to have arguments about the reliability of narrators, quality of governance and morality, but this final, somewhat corny sounding, line defines the piece. When one first reads over this line they are struck by its resemblance to communist sayings about the education of the children as the future of the communist state. This last line can be taken as a recognition of the sad state of China as the author questions whether or not there are children who haven’t “eaten men” and then a support
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This note was uploaded on 09/07/2009 for the course HISTORY 6b taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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