Liar Or Saboteur? Essay

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I am sure that at some point or another we all have gotten in trouble for doing something foolish or feeble minded, and that feeling of getting caught is repulsive. There are worse things in life than getting grounded, or being forced to hear a lecture, or even getting a beating for being bad. Two of these things include, getting set up, and being framed; these things aren’t that bad when you think about them, but when you are forced to take the blame, that is when you want to kill someone.
Author Ha Jin discuses a similar topic in his short story “Saboteur.” In this story, we meet a newlywed couple, who have just finished their honeymoon. While waiting to catch their train back home, a ...view middle of the document...

Themes are an important part of this story. There are two major themes in this story. First is the power of the government, and the second is, revenge. The first theme is much easier to grasp in the story, because a corrupted law enforcement system is seen a plethora of times in this story. First the police “poke the bear,” “…the stout policeman at the next table stood up and threw a bowl of tea in their direction” (Jin 348). They arrest Mr. Chui for a crime that he did not commit, and when he denies it, they say that he is lying. The policeman says to Mr. Chui, “You’re lying. You wet the shoes yourself” (Jin 348).
When Mr. Chiu is brought to jail the police are able to force him to admit to this crime. Mr. Chiu thinks to himself, “‘Lie, lie!’ But he shook his head and forced the voice away….Mr. Chui signed his name…” (Jin 354). The second theme requires a bit of reading and analyzing, to understand. At the end of the story, Mr. Chiu travels to many neighboring tea shops getting two bowls of tea at each. Though it never clearly states I believe that he somehow wants to get revenge on the police with the tea that he buys and hardly drinks. His feelings of anger towards the police are clear when Chiu says, “If only I could kill all the bastards!” (Jin 355). When the author writes, “bastards” I believe that he is referring to the police men and how he wished to get revenge. But he never gets “revenge”, directly, instead he, indirectly, gave over eight hundred people acute hepatitis, six...

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