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Unformatted text preview: This story reeks with irony. Despite the seemingly favorable outcome that is guaranteed, only the outcasts have any motivation to do time in order to gain favor. Most of the poor status individuals have been hampered by circumstances outside of their control (i.e the lame brick layer) or by a lifestyle not rewarded by society. To elevate one’s social status, a person must relinquish control of his life and serve time for the high-status official. The decision to serve time, though, still requires the choice to serve time. Ironically, the one time in his life Genbao attempts to control his life, he loses it at the end. He is helpless as he was before and the ending reinforces his lack of courage and will to face the stark reality. Life is unfair. The idea of justice is twisted by a system that prioritizes rank status over actual crime. From the beginning, the story sets up the idea of life not governed by justice, but by luck, chance and artificial status....
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This note was uploaded on 09/25/2010 for the course LLEA 33155 taught by Professor Sylvialin during the Fall '10 term at Notre Dame.
- Fall '10