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Rivera, J.

Becoming Madame Mao Question

posted May 25, 2010, 3:16 PM by Jenn Rivera

What motivates a given character’s actions? Do you think those actions are justified or ethical?

Madame Mao is described as a strong woman. She goes through a lot in her life time, yet she still stays strong and holds her head up. I think she is motivated by  her past. When she remembers her past and the things she had to go through to be where shes at today, it helps her stay focused. She is determined to rule China, and eventually when she does she becomes cruel and cold to the people that hurt her and made her feel less. I don't agree with a lot of things that she did, but she did them because she lashed out to the world when she didn't get her way. Nothing justifies what she did, because she killed millions of people. I think what she did was unethical because she knew she was doing the wrong thing, yet she did it and hurt a lot of people. Even though I disagree with a lot of the things Madame Mao did, I think she did the things she did because she thought the world let her down, she needed to get back at it. She blamed everyone else for her problems, and thats why she lives with a lot of pain. When she is abandoned by Yu Qiwei, she feels her whole world coming to an end, but I think its Karma because she did that to a lot of men, so now she got to feel what they all felt.

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