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Ha Jin's short story "Saboteur" How was irony used in the short story? What point was Ha Jin trying to make in this story also?

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"Saboteur"  by Ha Jin full of ironic events.The story takes place following the cultural revolution. Mr. Chiu is a communist in good standing which becomes ironic since it is the communist police who create the devastating problems for him.  He and his wife are returning from their honeymoon.  Both are anxious to get to their home.  Mr. Chiu has recently recovered from hepatitis and is still weak.

Irony is at the heart of the story:

  • Mr. Chiu is arrested for complaining
  • The police are the villains
  • The innocent man is charged with sabotage
  • His wife sends an amateur lawyer rather than the best that she could find to save her husband
  • The lawyer is saved by his client
  • The revenge is served at the expense of innocent victims

All of these incidences are ironic in the circumstances of the story.

Sitting quietly eating his lunch, Mr. Chiu is upset when a policeman purposefully spills his drink on Mr. Chiu's  new leather shoes. When he confronts the policeman, Mr. Chiu is arrested and taken to...

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