Posted at 12.17.2018
Reading "Saboteur" was really ironic for me because I grew up in this type of handled place, and I could really relate to these thoughts that Mr. Chiu acquired. In Poland, until I used to be about ten years old we were under the control of communist Russia. I recall that the government required everyone to own their permission to get food. They did not let us use money; we'd to apply for special vouchers and everyone was allowed the same amount because communism beliefs was that many people are equal. There were many times which i saw this type of totalitarian control by the police. For instance, if someone said something against the government that they didn't like, they could go to prison. A whole lot worse, if some authorities standard didn't like someone, they might be falsely accused and delivered to jail, even although government officials were the bad guys and the individual had done nothing incorrect. Ha Jin's short story "Saboteur" is filled with ever increasing irony from beginning to end that finally climaxes in the main persona, Mr. Chiu, becoming that which he was falsely accused of being. Ha Jin's story of Mr. Chiu's unfair arrest, imprisonment and eventual release in Muji City, China after the Cultural Revolution is filled with irony.
The history opens at the end of Mr. Chiu and his wife's honeymoon. Mr. Chiu had suffered from severe hepatitis and he was sense like he was recovering but still worried about his liver. That's where main ironic occasions occurs. These were having lunchtime in the square, looking forward to the time to get their train home, when the policeman at the next table threw a bowl of tea on their sandals. Mr. Chiu is obviously annoyed, and he asks the officials why they threw the tea. The official tells Mr. Chiu that he's laying, and that he wet his shoes himself. The policemen arrest Mr. Chiu after he asks "Why violate the regulations you are supposed to enforce?" (Jin par. 15). The young official then advised Mr. Chiu "You're a saboteur, you understand that? You're disrupting the general public order" (par. 17). This situation is very ironic because Mr. Chiu was minding his own business, doing nothing at all to disrupt the general public. The police, who are likely to keep the order, were those disrupting it. Many times, in communist countries, the enforcers of regulations and rules wrap up being the ones who break them the most.
After Mr. Chiu's arrest, he was taken up to the Interrogation Bureau. He was asked some standard questions and we found that he as an associate of the Communist Party. Then the chief informed him "Your offense is sabotage, though it hasn't induced serious effects yet. . . You might have failed to be considered a model for the masses. . . " (par. 40). Mr. Chui argued his side of the story trying to influence the principle that it was actually the police officers who have been the saboteurs. The other man in the area then proved Mr. Chiu some assertions distributed by eyewitnesses. The claims all said that Mr. Chiu had shouted in the square and refused to follow the police. Mr. Chiu was queasy. The chief informed him that he'd have to apologize and write a self applied criticism. Mr. Chiu informed the chief, "I will not write a term because I'm innocent. " (par. 51). This entire scene is ironic because it is again the police who are saboteurs. They travelled as far as to get bogus statements to power Mr. Chiu confess to a crime that he didn't commit. He refused to achieve that.
Mr. Chiu was sense very unwell. He asks one of the guards to let their innovator know of his condition when he's prepared that no leader is on duty on the weekend. Mr. Chui settled himself for taking his detention easily, and he tried out to be restful to not aggravate his hepatitis more. When he woke up Monday, he been told moaning. Mr. Chiu looked out of his home window, and noticed that it was his legal professional handcuffed to a tree in the heat. The lawyer have been delivered by his wife to get him from the jail, and today he was being tortured for getting in touch with the supervisor a bandit. This is another example of irony because it shows the upholders of the regulations breaking them.
Mr. Chiu is taken to the interrogation room again after witnessing his lawyer friend get more punishment. He believed helpless, and realized the only way to help was to signal a confession for a offense he didn't commit. The chief advised him he didn't have to create it himself, only hint it. The confession said ". . . I myself and responsible for my arrest. . . I have noticed the reactionary dynamics of my offense. . . shall never commit that kind of criminal offense again" (par. 95). Even though he was furious, he agreed upon it to help his friend. Mr. Chiu and the lawyer left the authorities station, and they ceased at many tea stands and restaurants. While eating little parts at each place, he retained declaring "I wish I possibly could kill all those bastards!" (par. 106). Within per month over eight hundred people received hepatitis and six died. The irony here is that Mr. Chiu is the main one who propagate his disease, disrupting public order, they crime he was falsely accused of.
This storyline has many wonderful cases of irony, of course, if we look even better, we can easily see even more irony whenever we tie every one of the past happenings to the closing. Despite the fact that Mr. Chiu calls for really the only revenge they can, becoming what he was falsely accused of by spreading his disease around because he was reacting to the crime against him. The real saboteurs were the police. If the police hadn't falsely accused Mr. Chiu, they would not have pass on hepatitis with their city, disrupting the public. They will be the ones who had written the confession, and the ones were the crimes they were guilty of.