Name : Tan Xi An (David)
Class : Arts
Title of narrative : Falling Leaves
How does the text relate to the theme of a journey?
What quality do you admire or dislike in a character?
My least favourite character would have to be Niang, the step-mother as I cannot believe how selfish, mean and cruel any person could be especially to a child who is not their own. Although Adeline excelled in her studies, she didn’t say a word of praise or encouragement; on the contrary, she ill-treated her. As for her own daughter, Susan, I couldn’t believe she chose to disinherit her with a ridiculous excuse. Her irrational act causes her to be forlorn and childless. She died without a friend.
How does the text develop your understanding of the world?
It was horrible during the civil war in China. From the novel we understand the concept of inflation by the illustration of Adeline’s second brother, Edgar stole two American dollars and change it to two bags of China currency and buried them in the backyard. Besides that, in Shanghai, there were cars and trams, beautifully dressed people listening to jazz. Meanwhile, there was a lot of poverty, too. Apart from that, a money-driven society in Hong Kong somehow had neglected the importance of love in family. In order to be respected by society, one has to be rich and well off. Money makes the world go round.