What are some examples of marginalization that the characters face in The Crazed?

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Jian Wan comes to feel estranged from life in Communist China due, first of all, to the confessions of his mentor Prof. Yang, and later on because of the authorities' brutal suppression of the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing. Jian Wan's discovery of Yang's troubled past, with all the political...

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Jian Wan comes to feel estranged from life in Communist China due, first of all, to the confessions of his mentor Prof. Yang, and later on because of the authorities' brutal suppression of the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing. Jian Wan's discovery of Yang's troubled past, with all the political persecution that he endured, has forced Jian Wan to question the nature of Communist rule in China. Yang's frank confession of the lowly status of scholars under the dictatorship merely serves to heighten Jian Wan's growing sense of marginalization.

When Jian Wan becomes involved with students demanding political reforms, he quickly realizes how much the younger generation has been marginalized by the Chinese Communist Party leadership. Once in the vanguard of radical change, the shock troops of the Cultural Revolution, the young people of China have been systematically ignored by the country's aging leaders. Soon they won't just be marginalized but shot down in their droves in the streets of Beijing.

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