Answer The Questions – Book Report/Review Example
Book Review In the narrative on chapter eight, Tai Tsung is described as the Emperor of Tang. He is known as the Li in the underworld. In the period of between the third to the fifth year he took part in several military expeditions and killed a number of people. He feels guilty of the sins he committed back then and wonders how he would return to the road to life. Tai Tsung is brought to the courts to make his obeisance (Bauer and Franke).
Tsui Tzu-yu desired a job above material wealth. This is aptly captured as he engages the Emperor Tai Tsung at the court. Initially, he takes the emperor to task to answer a question about killing of his brothers and imprisoning his father to the women’s prison. When the emperor declines to answer, Tsui Tzu-yu volunteers to answer. Cleverly, he influences the emperor to promise him a job. Consequently, he is appointed the governor and a rank of senior censor and the Investigating Commissioner in charge of twenty four districts in Ho-pei (Bauer and Franke).
The story of Tai Tsung in Hell serves to depict how rulers abuse their powers in office in an attempt to cover for their misdeeds. They retort to intimidation and offering hand-outs to individuals seen as a barrier to their leadership or those who offer dissenting voices. This is brought forth when the emperor offers a job to his junior for having covered his misdeeds. The story is a reflection of oppressive institutions of governance and their crude ways of maintaining power in the contemporary world.
Bauer, Wolfgang and Herbert Franke. The Golden Casket: Chinese Novellas of Two Millennia. New Jersey: Allen and Unwin, 1965.