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The True Story of Ah Q Lu Hsun Ah Q a poor peasant in a rural Chinese village is a peculiar character He is poor homeless and illiterate Fellow villagers sneer at Ah Q they tease him about everything from his lack of familial roots to the ringworm scars on his forehead Confrontations with Ah Q usually lead to his head continually being knocked against something or another Yet throughout his countless humiliations Ah Q convinces himself that these failures are actually successes and even gloats to himself about it In all of the miseries of life as a peasant in 1911 China the strength to endure comes from inside Ah Q He has an ability to skirt the reality of a situation by making up excuses thus the facts of an event are blurred and in a round-about way he feels a victory that is totally separate from the actual incident For instance while being beaten by a villager Ah Q loudly declares himself an insect This proclamation makes Ah Q extremely satisfied and leaves him feeling victorious not with his skill in fighting but in his ability to demean himself He states that he must indeed be the foremost self-belittler and that being foremost in anything must be commendable Ah Q is quite masterful at his own unique form of gaining a psychological victory over his opponents Even when his usual forms of gaining victory fail him Ah Q discovers alternative routes out of defeat When Ah Q finds himself beaten and robbed after a game of dice he tries to console his mind by thinking of his opponent as a son and he as the father which is his usual means of feeling superior However when this fails he resorts to slapping his own face which seems to him as if he had slapped someone else and in this way he becomes the victor Ah Q
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