Enforced Silence in “The Great Grandfather of the Sandalwood Mountains" The meaning of enforced silence is very interesting in the short story “The Great Grandfather of the Sandalwood Mountains," is especially potent and sinister. When people are told to be quiet, the silence that comes robs not only the person being bullied but also everyone else around them. Whenever we are around anyone who is being bullied into silence, the wisdom and experience of that person has disappeared from a scene were people may benefit from wisdom and experience. The author makes this point in part by making more interesting the free thought of a silent person who is not being forced to be silent. When Ban Goong was locked in the ship going to America, with...The end:
.....is like a silent weight upon the story. It is as if the grandfather could only dream about his life and his needs freely when on a ship, with the use of opium to help. Inside China, the Chinese speak and the foreigner is silent. On the seas in a ship, the Chinese Man is permitted to think and dream. In a foreign land, a Chinese Man thinks only of China and Chinese traditions. There is a silence of ideas, like a silence of the mind. It is as if the Chinese men can only think if China as real, and cannot see the world beyond China even if they inhabit a foreign place. It is a sinister silence of the mind that recognizes only one culture, and makes guest be quiet. Bibliography “Great Grandfather of the Sandalwood Mountains.” 85-117. China Men.