Born Red - Skyler Knopp 11-18-10 1528 Words Born Red: The...

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Skyler Knopp 11-18-10 1528 Words Born Red: The Red Guard Question In Gao Yuan’s Born Red , the Red Guard plays an essential role in the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Recalled in Yuan’s memory are the successes, failures, and events surrounding the creation and far reaching effects of this organization. I use the term organization here somewhat sarcastically. Chairman Mao had a grand vision for the industrialization and modernization of China. In order to implement such enormous and previously unheard of changes, he knew that he needed to appeal to the vast majority of China’s people. Instead of taking it wholly upon the government to regulate the beliefs and actions of the populace, his plan was to incite a large scale Cultural Revolution which would change China from its very core; its youth. This was done by spreading sets of principals throughout the land, from the biggest cities to the small rural towns. Once the principals, which called for an eradication of the old ways of thought in lieu of Communism and ultra-leftism, took hold in the minds of the people, Chairman Mao sent word out that this was the time for the young to take matters into their own hands. After seeing the Mao supported rebels overthrowing all old ways of thinking and immorality in their distant large cities through dazibao and public humiliation of immoral officials, small towns like Yuan’s began actively involving themselves in similar ways. Those who came from untarnished family backgrounds and shared a passion for the Cultural Revolution activities formed sects of the group called this Red Guard all across the country. Initially, the effects of the creation of the Red Guard may have been viewed as productive. It unified the populace under a set of common principals and encouraged the youth, lower, and middle classes to overthrow certain values, such as capitalism and rightist beliefs that did not align with China’s government or Mao’s doctrines. A struggling country’s people would
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Skyler Knopp 11-18-10 1528 Words theoretically be more productive when at least facing a common enemy together, after all, even if that common enemy they faced together was only a particular way of thinking. At first, the rallying of the youthful spirits was one of the most major aspects of the early movement. Students would travel thousands of kilometers all around the country, city to city, meeting other
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