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Reading the stories in Ha Jins Under The Red Flag the reader will go through many troubled thoughts Ha Jin uses a lot of satire in his stories to pint out human nature The satire I will try to bring out is the greed in humans There are many different types of greed from power money or even love In Ha Jins story The Richest Man Li is accused of mutiny Through out the story Li is introduced as being a wealthy man but very cheap with it never giving any of it away to charity and always haggling with sales folk Because of this all the townspeople hate him since he also never lets anyone borrow his things Later on in the story Li is accused of mutiny for dropping their leaders button Never giving Li a chance to explain himself the community yells at him and taunts him Li quivered because he remembered that this You meant to say to him Look we are all starving because of you leadership pg 74 In that quote Ha Jin sets up of how hatred for one person can lead in to such greed to see him fail in life Since the townspeople were unable to try out Lis things they rather see him rot In the end Li was found guilty and the townspeople were able to use his things but ended up breaking everything he owned In another twist Ha Jin writes about the greed for power in the story Fortune In this story a father is doped into believing a fortune teller that his son is the reason for all his misfortunes in life Throughout the story the reader is shown how unlucky the father was while his son only 14 already lived a better life than he did Instead of being happy for his son the father begs his son to change his name so he can live a
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