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Paradise of the Blind - Status in Relation to Occupation

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Paradise of the Blind Status in Relation to Occupation In her character presentation, the author expresses a very negative tone about both the traditional and communist culture. The only characters that she gives a positive light to are those that reject these cultures: Hang and the Bohemian. Through the presentation Aunt Tam and Que, Huong illustrates how the traditional culture is too set in its ways of ancestor worship, self-sacrifice, and family hierarchy; where grudges span generations, and they people cannot see their own circumstances objectively. In characters of Aunt Tam and Que the shortcomings of the traditional Vietnamese culture are reflected, in the way that the culture does not allow for the people to adapt to the times. ...read more.


Where Chinh is forced to resort, in the end, to the life of "petty tradespeople"(50) and "exploiters"(50) that he had so condemned, the reader is painted a picture of the total failure of the communist regime. There is also irony present in how Aunt Tam and Que are so selfish in giving up everything for those that they love. The presentation of social status in relation to occupation is used to highlight the injustice of the communist regime in Vietnam, where the ignorant an narrow-minded are rewarded, and the hardworking are punished. In the village, before the communist invasion, people's statuses were dependent on their merit, or their contribution to society. ...read more.


In Russia, those who worked more, as "exported workers"(36) and labourers, had a lower status than those who did not. The reader sees this when Hang bumps into a wealthy lady on her way to Russia. Huong raises a contrast between the two in health, confidence, and wealth, demonstrating the difference in their status. It is obvious that the wealthy lady is not a manual labourer. The purpose of Huong's comparison of status in relation to occupation is to illustrate the injustice present in the communist invasion of Vietnam, where people's status was not dependent on their merit or effort, but in their alliance to the party, resulting in a backwards society where those who worked more were afforded less. ...read more.

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