Food Division In Grass Soup Essay

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Food Division In Grass Soup


Food Division in Grass Soup

Zhang's attitude towards splitting up food rations at the reform camp suggests he has not
been completely broken down and reformed by The Party. The significance of the dividing of
foods illustrates his remaining integrity and emotions that the hunger has affected, but
not removed.

"Unfortunately, no matter what group I was assigned to, the others always trusted me"
(164). Being trusted usually is a positive sign of your character, but Zhang feels it is
an unfair burden and responsibility that he would rather not have dealt with. The fact
that the other convicts trusted him indicates the fact that he was a cerebral convict who
had some integrity left. In this way Zhang is not as reformed as his fellow intellectuals
because the other small workers are quick to criticize others, especially other
intellectuals - a form of betrayal. Their betrayal displays the self centered attitude
that makes others doubt that particular convict would be fair in the partition. Zhang is
more unwilling to turn people in and overanalyze what others say so that he can seem
better in the authorities' eyes. Only when he is asked specifically about Babylon does
Zhang reveal something negative about him, yet even then he withholds comments that would
have surely been used against Mr. "I like to eat watery things". Convicts cannot trust
criminal convicts either because it is obvious they are not worthy of anyone's trust and
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