Saboteur Ha Jin Character Analysis

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Tolerance is required within people’s nature, who desire to live their lives with ease, for many situations in life. Suppose an Olympic athlete is constantly training at a specific sport that he excels at. It is inevitable that he will feel as if the training is too difficult and he decides to give up. However, if he is determined to bear the present hardships and continue with the training, he will be able to achieve a gold medal in the end as a result of his persistence. The short story “Saboteur” by Ha Jin, includes many teachings about endurance that are able to help and guide us to the path of success. Jin astutely uses Mr. Chiu’s hepatitis, the setting of the prison, and his character to convey the message of perseverance to the readers.…show more content…
Jin symbolizes Mr. Chiu’s hepatitis to embody tolerance. In the beginning of the short story, Mr. Chiu noticed the two policemen glancing at his direction. However, it did not bother Mr. Chiu when he and his wife were enjoying their lunch pleasantly. He did not experience any “severe symptoms” (Jin 1). The word “severe” means something bad, undesirable, intense or great. In this context, Jin is trying to explain to the readers that Mr. Chiu’s hepatitis was not developed well enough to harm his body. His hepatitis represents his tenacity. Therefore, Mr. Chiu’s perseverance was very weak in the beginning and not intense. “Symptoms” is defined as a physical or mental feature that is regarded as indicating a condition or disease. Jin points out that Mr. Chiu’s hepatitis had “no severe symptoms”. In other words, Jin notes that Mr. Chiu is not really able to endure at the moment because he shows no intense signs of tolerance. This is justified by the fact that Mr. Chiu acted out by defying the authority of the policemen and he was not able to endure when he was scorned and ridiculed.…show more content…
Chiu during his stay in the prison. The prison that confined Mr. Chiu was illustrated as an unpleasant location to be in. It was “illogical that Mr. Chiu slept quite well … though the light … had been on all time, and the straw mattress was hard and infested with fleas” (Jin 6). The term “illogical” is to mean a lacking sense or clear reasoning. Therefore, it was not sensible for Mr. Chiu to be able to sleep well at night because of the difficult situation he was in. The “light” had been on all time, which indicates that something was trying to disturb his sleep. A “light” is a bright agent and its purpose is to stimulate sight or senses. The policemen left the light on to watch over him or to just disturb him. But, he was able to endure once again and slept through the bright night. Furthermore, Mr. Chiu was give a “straw mattress” to sleep on. “Straw” is a dried stalk of grain. So Jin uses “straw” to describe how uncomfortable his bed might have been. Jin continues to detail the straw mattress as “hard”, which means that it is not easily broken. Usually, beds should be sunk in and broken into when someone lays down on it. However, Mr. Chiu had to sleep on such an annoying mattress that was “infested with fleas”. “Infested” means that there are insects present to do harm. Mr. Chiu’s circumstances was completely undesirable; however, he endured all these things to accomplish his goal of seeking revenge. Jin also

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