Response to "An Incident" by Lu Hsun
I just read a story, "An Incident," by Lu Hsun, and I really enjoyed it because it talks of reforming yourself as a person. In the story, it shows that even a cold, rigid person had found kindness through an experience. A single incident changed his moral values and ideas of life. You can learn a valuable lesson from this story and it can even help you to become a better person.
One line from "An Incident" that stood out for me was: "Yet this incident keeps coming back to me often more vivd than in actual life, teaching me shame, urging me to reform, and giving me fresh courage and hope." This sentence stood out for me because it shows that he realized that a small act of kindness can touch many hearts, even his own cold one. The incident opened his eyes to how not all people were greedy and wicked. It changed his misanthropic thoughts to the idea that maybe humans are good and compassionate.
Another line that I liked was: " Without thinking, I pulled a handful of coppers from my coat pocket and handed them to the policeman." He did not even think about his actions, but immediately did an act of kindness. I think this is a good example of how kindness is contagious. When he saw the rickshaw man help the lady, he felt small compared to him and had a revolation. The writer felt he needed to repent for his rudeness and had the urge to help others.
"An Incident" reminds me of something that happened to me. When I was a young girl, I never had to give up my seat on the bus. One day I witnessed a man giving his seat to an elderly woman and I wondered why he had done that. Did he not want to sit down? I asked my mom and she had told me that the elderly woman can stand as well as us and that they need to sit more than us. Now, I never hesitate to give my seat to the elderly. It was a valuable lesson in kindness that I won't forget.
I would love to read more stories from Lu Hsun, because he teaches lesson in his stories. He show revolations in peoples likes and understands human emotions. Lu Hsun is a great author and I can't wait to read more from him.