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Popular Revolution

April 3, 2016 | Author: | Posted in art, theatre

Popular revolution

In general : Chinese Plays

According to the wikipedia , A play , written by a playwright , or dramatist , is a form of literature , almost always consisting of dialog between characters , and intended for performance rather than reading

Plays , as forms of expression generally aim to signify things to serve various purposes which range from entertainment to propagandism . As just like any form of literary attempt , plays evolve in terms of the themes that they carry , the format , and the message that they disseminate

In China , what seemed to be the most [banner_entry_middle]

significant set of plays were the “eight model plays ” which were the only operas and ballets that were permitted during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in China (1966-1976 . All of which carried communist or revolutionary themes

Created under the patronage and supervision of Jiang Qing , the wife of Mao Zedong , the wikipedia states that the purpose of the plays was clear : to serve the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution

Other than having political overtones of the time when they were created , they carried artistic values within them , and this is what prompted many to find interest in such plays even up to now . This too brought about this

This focuses on one of the most popular Beijing operas- the Red Lantern , and the popular ballet performance : the White haired Girl . It will also answer the following questions : What kinds of messages are conveyed in the two plays , The Red Lantern and The White-Haired Girl What were these plays intended to do ? How might these plays have been effective in winning support for the communist cause ? What insights do these plays give you into the revolution


Short Summary of the plays

The Red Lantern

Tiemei , daughter of Li Yuhe , lives an ordinary life with her family However , upon the arrest of his rail road worker father , things get uneasy . She finfs out that his father was engaged in an underground rebellion work and her grandmother Li tells her the true story of their family . Tiemei then realizes how her family sacrificed and struggled for revolutionary causes . Soon after , Li Tiemei is determined to follow the heroic path of her ancestors and thus , carries the revolution through to the end

The White Haired Girl

The play revolves around a peasant girl , Xi ‘er , in the village Yanggezhuang , Hebei Province . During the Spring Festival , her father is killed due to a debt and she is taken to be a concubine by a Japanese landlord . She suffers under his supervision but manages to escape . She goes into the mountains and gets her hair white due to malnutrition Soon after , the landlord goes into the mountains and she gets the chance for vengeance . In the end , the Japanese invaders are defeated by the Eight Route Army to which Xi ‘er ‘s lover belongs . She is then rescued in the mountains and they reunite

Messages , insights , and the support for a communist cause

As seen , both plays presented a woman as their primary… [banner_entry_footer]


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