≧◡≦....talk talk talk haha...
part of the story I would change is the scene at the hospital. Mr Li would ask
his mother the question about his childhood and she would be able to answer
him. After that, she would tell him where she hid the key to the drawer. I
think that this would give the story a more hopeful ending. Mr Li would not
have to live with so many regrets. He would be able to revisit his memories of
his happy and carefree childhood. If he could be honest about his background
and who really is, he would be a happier man.
If he had the key to the drawer, he would
be able to continue the traditional practice of ancestral worship. This, too,
would free him of guilt because he would be able to do what he knows his mother
would want him to do. Changing this part of the
story would lead to a happier ending.
Ah-Ma is a person who is honest about her humble background and enjoys the
simple life. She is a mother of nine children, grandmother of thirty-four and
great-grandmother of seventeen. Her children, like Mr Li, her eldest son, are
grown-up, independent and successful. She has every reason to be proud and to
enjoy the success of her children. Yet, she prefers to rear a few chickens in
her son’s garden, and ten to the family altar. She shuns material gifts. Her
happiness is based on her memories of the carefree days in a hut on the beach
when her husband was still alive. Her character is admirable.