Applying Freud and Sartre to “The Girl Who Played Go”


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Applying Freud and Sartre to "The Girl Who Played Go"
The underlying story in Shan’s The Girl Who Played Go is that of a young woman in Japanese-occupied China in the 1930s, wherein she struggles to cope with the challenges in her environment by taking on different game partners in the town square. As she plays the game Go, especially as she plays against a Japanese soldier who falls in love with her, she is in essence fighting the powers that be. Her role is to represent the resistance against the Japanese invasion but at the same time to question the intricacies of the balance between traditional Chinese life and the advent of modernity.
From a Freudian perspective, the motivations of the main character in The Girl Who Played Go are...
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