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Subject The Chinago
Posted by yihsien
Posted on Tue May 2 12:42:09 2000
From IP c550-22.svdcc.fju.edu.tw  

Capitalsim, the main enemy of Marxism, has been denied by Marxists for Marxism believes that the capitalists control the center of power in society and occupy most of the profit. On the contrary, the working class devote themselves to work, but what they get in return can't make their effort worthwhile, but make tem remain the working class. In "The Chinago," we will get to see how the Chinese workers are abused and oppressed by the French, the ruling people. This not only show the unfairness that the Chinagos suffer, but also brings up the issue how the society is under the control of the Capitalism. Furthermore, the economic structure of society will be discussed as one of the major concerns.
The story begins with a misjudge of a murder, which brings a period to Ah Cho's life. These ruling people, regardless of what the truth may be, put Ah Cho and his people into jail and mitake Ah Cho for Ah Chow, who is supposed to receive the capital punishment. The carelessness of the french people shows their unconcern for the Chinagos, but their profit. with the dominating power over the Chinese , the French play the role as the diacator who exploit his people through every possible way. Their attitude towards this event is shown by the following passages. "But between tallness and shortness he could differentiate, and he knew he had the wrong man besie him on the seat." "IT was only a Chinago when all was said, and what was a Chinago, anyway? Besides, it might not be a mistake. He did not know what went on in the minds of his superiors. They knew their business best." Being afraid of getting a repremand, Cruchot doesn't want to make it clear. That's why "he would willingly have assisted a dozen wrong Chinagos to their doom rather than incur the displeasure of the sergeant." Again, the selfishness of Cruchot presents the typical way they treat people working for them.
Up to this point, we've seen how the capitalists ignore the right og living of the Chinagos. Now, let's take a look at the Chinagos' reactiona dn attitude towards this mistake. When accusted of murder, Ah Cho and his people take the judge quietly in stead of arguing for their innocence though they already have the idea who the murderer may be. The same, the other Chinagos dare not to utter a word when they notice the mistake. "As they caught sight of Ah Cho they gabbled among thenselves in low voices. They saw the mistake; but they kept it to themselves." And Ah Cho's ignorance is also shown through the dramatic irony that he has no idea at all that he's oging to have his head cut off. The Chinagos, who are right under the control of the French, have obviously no ability to protect themselves from being bullied, not even have the right to speak for themselves. to put it simply, this is how the woeking class is oppressed and how the capitalists take the advantages of the working class and make themselves the center of the power.
IT's easy to see the poverty is the major factor that makes the Chinagos powerless, pathetic adn passive. The reason for them to come to Tahiti and live like slaves is nothing but to earn money. They have been suferring from poverty in their homwtwon, and they do want to get rid of it and become wealthy. "Times had been hard in his seacoast village, ...he had thought himself fortunate." It's the fear that brings them to an unknown place and starts their tragedy. Here in the story, the author gives his opinion about Capitalism. "The French, with no instinct for colonization, futile in their childish playgame of developing the resources of the island, were only too glad to see the English Company scceed."
To sum up, this short story not only deals with death, justice, but the Capitalism system. The author reveals teh cruel truth and the suffering that people have through Capitalism. On the other hand, he's also expressing his social criticism that the whole system is in the need to be changed. This is a typical story about how the capitalists take the avantages of the working class and gain teh profit. According to Marxism, we do see how the destructive ideology entraps the working class in "The Chinago," which ends with a tranguil tragedy.

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