In Broad Daylight Ha Jin Summary

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Allyson McKinney Mrs. Barker English 1302-2021 18 September 2012 A Whole New World In many parts of the world, times have changed drastically; they are no longer how they used to be. In Ha Jin’s “In Broad Daylight”, China has changed over the last few centuries. Jin captures the readers interest and makes them guess what is about to happen. He uses the setting in “In Broad Daylight” as a way to show the difference between Old China and New China’s way of handling adulteresses. One difference is the two that were caught cheating were punished: the men back then were beheaded, while the women were hung upside down and burned also known as: Heaven Lamp. Mu Ying is the center of attention in China; she has become the whore of the town. White Cat who narrates the story explains how his grandma and other elderly women feel about those who sleep around, “‘This time they ought to burn Old Whore on Heaven Lamp’” (213). Heaven Lamp is dignified as justice from Heaven; only the townspeople are getting justice. Instead of those harsh sentences the people now have Red Guards who come and take the women out of their house and make the adulteress admit to all of her crimes in front of the whole town: “‘Folks, we’ve gathered here today to denounce Mu Ying, who is…show more content…
He tried to save his wife from the humiliation and the torture she was about to endure, but she made it very clear through her trial how she felt about him. “‘I have my own man?” Mu glanced at her husband and smirked. She straightened up and said, “My man is nothing. He is no good, I mean in bed. He always comes before I feel anything.’” She treats her husband poorly in front of the whole town, even after he tried to help her out. She tries justifying sleeping with other men, because her husband is poor in bed. After she shattered his image he left the incident and went off. White Cat never really says exactly how Meng Su died, just some assumptions that leave you
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