The Last Emperor

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After reading the article "Exposing the Rape of Nanking", I found many similarities between the Japanese treatment of the women in China and the treatment of Pu Yi in the movie The Last Emperor. The Japanese dealt with the women and Pu Yi in irrational and brutal ways attacking not just them but their city as well. It is obvious that the Japanese were cruel people from the basis of these two stories.

The article speaks of a city located on the bank of Tai Lu Lake, in China; this city was "prized for its delicate silk embroidery, palaces and temples." This exact city is similar to the Forbidden City where the emperor Pu Yi with a lot of honor and respect. In the Forbidden City, it was beautiful, people wore magnificent clothing, the furniture was intricate and the palace was huge and elegant. Overall, both places were places that would make one awe and it did exactly this to its viewers.

However, this is not where the similarity ends, in both places, the Forbidden City and Suchow, the Japanese entered and took over. The taking over for both cities were different, in Suchow, the Japanese clearly murdered the men and raped the women, in order to take over and ransack the city. With the Forbidden City, the Japanese forced Pu Yi to leave is home and banished him from ever returning to the place he had grown up. In time, the city became like Suchow, as it was taken over by the Japanese and was drastically changed to fit their needs. This first invasion of two very important cities, is significant because of it relates to both the terror in Nanking and the life of Pu Yi.

Another connection is how the Japanese used deceit and...