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History of ChinaMiss Sophias DilemmaThe story The Diary of Miss Sophia is an intricate look at one womans mental physical ideological demise as well as her eventual rebirth This can be looked at on many different levels of understanding The first of which is to look at it at face value meaning that we view the story as a piece of literature unto itself and not a political commentary Another perspective that we may examine this story from is as a metaphoric piece in which Sophia herself represents a model of a new era of feminism in not only China but globally as well Finally we may view the diary as an attempt by the May Fourth writer Ding Ling to stir-up the social consciences of the common people outside of the intellectual circles of the Universities where the main thrust of the movement had its baseBefore we discuss the social ramifications of the story The Diary of Miss Sophia we must understand some of the historical background In the early part of the twentieth century in China a significant movement began to make waves This movement was for the most part a student movement in the major cities where now western-style Universities had begun to emerge The movement takes its name from a student demonstration which happened to occur on May 4 1919 in which nearly three thousand students and faculty took to the streets of Beijing in protest
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