D??ng Thu H??ng Writing Styles in Paradise of the Blind

D??ng Thu H??ng
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Although Hang regards life as hard and depressing, disfigured by human greed and stupidity, she still manages to cling to hope. This view of life is conveyed by a key image that occurs in chapter 7, that of purple Japanese duckweed growing in ponds. When she is a young girl, the beauty of the purple flower makes a big impression on Hang, and years later, whenever she travels in the Vietnamese countryside, she always contemplates the beauty of these flowers, contrasting them with the ugliness of the murky pools in which they grow and the squalor of the surroundings: “At the center of these stifling landscapes, on a green carpet of weed, those purple flowers always glistened, radiant in the middle of the filth.” The duckweed therefore becomes a symbol of hope and beauty emerging from the misery of life. A similar image occurs in chapter 2, where Hang refers...

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