To Live Essay

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To Live



All the time people face problems during there life. Most of the time the problems that
people come across are very minimal and can be dealt with very easily and quickly. People
do not appreciate what they have. When your parent packs your lunch and you are
disappointed with what you receive, think about the people in other countries where they
would eat anything that is edible. Constantly people all over the world die of famine but
we are trapped in a fantasy world where none of this happens. Think twice when you throw
away your food. One country where people’s problems are a lot more serious is in China.
Until the Civil War the Chinese were very rich. They lived in mansions and had servants.
They were so rich that when they wanted to go somewhere they could hope on a person’s back
and they would carry them there. The main character in the movie, Fugui Xu, a young
Chinese man gambled very frequently. He gambled a lot and had no luck winning. He lost
so much gambling he was forced to hand over his mansion. He was then force to live like a
common folk. They were very used to living the high life and because of that it was very
difficult for them to survive living as a common folk. They had to get new jobs that were
a lot less paying. Fugui’s new job was to play shadow puppets and his wife’s job was
providing water for the community. Fortunately Fugui’s family did perfectly fine with the
money they earned. I will show you how Fugui and his family went from having a privileged
past to having to affiliate with the communists to stay alive.


Later on Fugui was forced to join the Nationalist army and once again he was forced to
leave everything behind. He had to live through the frigid Chinese winter. Much of the
army froze to death but fortunately Fugui and his friends survived by recovering the
frozen people’s coats. He was one of the lucky ones. He fought in many harsh conditions
such as the Civil War. He was still able to stay alive by scavenging off the dead
people’s body to get adequate clothing, which was a very smart thing to do. He had to be
very creative to not be drafted into the communist army. Most likely who would have been
sent into prison, but to get out of that situation he entertained the communist army by
performing shadow puppets.


When he returned he was reunited with his family which he did not see for much time. The
Great Leap Forward was also occurring at the same time. Fugui’s family was barely holding
on with their very low paying job, which was delivering water to the community. It was
very hard for his family to survive without him and his money but they did it. Fugui
daughter learned to help and contribute to the family by delivering water. When Fugui
returned he learned that his daughter had an accident and became mute and partially deaf.
Living in a community was hard for them because they had to deal with there surrounding
neighbors. One day Youqing, Fugui’s son, defended his sister by defending her from
bullies shooting rocks at her. The whole family learned to trust and respect eachother.
Part of the Great Leap was making steal and because of this everybody needed to hand over
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