Revenge In The Short Story Saboteur By Ha Jin

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The concept of revenge is as old as time itself, in a famous line that has been borrowed from an 18th century novel, “revenge is a dish best served cold,” is magnanimously demonstrated in the short story “Saboteur.” Written by Ha Jin, a University professor disgruntled by the suppression of the Chinese people by the Communist government, the story tells the account of an unfortunate police encounter. The encounter leads to an epidemic where 800 people contract a horrible disease, 6 die, among the victims were 2 children (Jin 185). Unbeknownst to the police and the population of Muji, they themselves brought this horrible epidemic on themselves, by violating, torturing, and falsely incriminating a one Mr. Chiu. Their actions not only broke an educated mans resolve, but fueled a desire of revenge, colder than most winters. Throughout the story the gradual abuses break down Mr. Chiu and he eventually falls from grace. By reading the story you can pinpoint him as a person becoming progressively worse and him degenerating as a person. During his arrest he experienced physical abuse by being punched in the chest, all while being witnessed by a helpless newlywed wife. (Jin 180) While being interrogated by officials he is cornered by false…show more content…
He is baffled by Mr. Chiu’s remarks, “If only I could kill all the bastards,” and thinks to himself how “ugly” his professor looks. (Jin 185) This is a clear sign that all the morals and principals are now gone in the character. Having refused on principle to sign a false confession, he has been consumed by sickness and negativity that he has no qualms about what he just did, but is still aware of what is going to happen. This is his way of punishing the province and the police that falsely accused him of sabotage, but ironically ended up creating a bigger demon that anyone could have

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