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Broken Transformers is written by Bi Shumin in 1992, who is one of the Chinas most successful writers

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Tritaya Thiraputthiphokhin Ajarn Santichai Preechaboonyarit Writing for Literary Analysis 1 December 2012 Broken Transformers Broken Transformers is written by Bi Shumin in 1992, who is one of the China?s most successful writers. The story is about one of the families in China that a mother buys the smallest transformer, which is expensive, to her son although she earns a low-income. Bi Shumin uses Transformers to be the symbol of western culture that is beginning to dominate the traditional eastern culture. It causes many negative changes to society, relationship and people?s thought. Previously, eastern society believes that luxurious goods which are imported from western countries are not necessary, because they move into China for getting money. As we can see from the scene that the mother thinks ?The toy replicas now pouring into the store were sucking money from parents like locusts devouring crops.? (P.64) ...read more.


?I didn?t want to have to read in his autobiography: I liked toys when I was little but my family was too poor to afford them, so I could only watch the other children playing with theirs.? (P.65) A lack of luxurious things makes the mother feel inferior than other families. ?But was it to be the case that no ?blue-collar? worker should ever own a Transformer?? (P.65) All of these suggest that western culture is dominating eastern society gradually and changes eastern society into materialism, wasting a lot of money on expensive products instead of buying necessary things such as hat and scarf. Western culture also negatively effects on relationship. After the boy breaks a giant transformer of a rich girl accidentally, the relationship with his father is worse. ...read more.


?Fatty has never been back. He paid for our transformer and left it with us.? (P.70) From another scene that he buys green knitting wool to his mother and thinks she will be surprised and happy it shows that his thought becomes materialism. He thinks a costly thing can give happiness. Finally, his thought and action make his mother disappointed. Lastly, the arrival of western culture affects eastern culture by changing into bad ways. Even though costly goods are valueless, people still attempt to buy them for showing social status and believe that wasteful goods give happiness. The wrong belief causes financial problems that make happiness of family lower, until it makes argument happen in a family. A lot of problems occur because of the new culture that is got into society without consideration and applying appropriately. ...read more.

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