Directions: Study the following set of drawings carefully and write an essay in which you should
1.describe the set of drawings, interpret its meaning, and
2. point out its implications in our life.
You should write about 200 words neatly on ANSWER SHEET 2. (20 points)
It goes without saying that the drawings aim at revealing a common and serious problem in China: how to educate and cultivate the young. In the first picture, the flower blooms well in the greenhouse despite the storm outside. On the contrary, it perishes under the storm when put outside. It is obvious that the flower in greenhouse can't withstand wind and rains.
Nowadays, the younger generation in China, like the flower in the greenhouse, lives under the full protection of their parents. Parents want to show all their love to their children. They give all the best things they can afford to their children and do not let their children do anything at home. Self-centeredness and arbitrariness have become a trait of the younger generation. Once leaving their home, many young people can not make a living of their own. They get lost when stepping into the complex reality and can not face any hardships and difficulties.
Child education has become one of the most popular topics discussed not only by educational experts, but also by people in all walks of life. The failure of child education does more harm to the development of our society and our civilization than to the children themselves. Thus, it is high time that parents, educators and our government made concerted efforts to put an end to this situation.
The set of drawings above vividly depicts the destiny of a flower in different circumstances. As is shown in the first cartoon, the flower is placed in a comfortable greenhouse that shelters it from the threatening lightening and storm. With proper temperature, moisture and fertilizer, the flower is growing in full bloom. On the contrary, when removed from the greenhouse and exposed to the driving rain, the flower soon fades and withers, with the petals cast about on the grounds.
To begin with, the purpose of the drawings is to show us that the flower growing in the green house cannot withstand the test of the storm, yet the symbolic meanings subtly conveyed should be taken more seriously. The delicate flower is naturally associated with young people, to be specific, the only children in our current society; the greenhouse epitomizes parents' doting care and abundant material supplies that can shield the children from the storms, or the harsh reality. Once the young people begin to seek independence and accept challenges from the real world, they are found too spoiled to be strong enough in the face of difficulties.
Accordingly, it is vital for us to derive positive implications from these thought-provoking drawings. On the one hand, we can frequently use them to enlighten the youth to be more independent in life. On the other hand, parents should be sensible enough to give their children more freedom to deal with troubles and problems. Only by undergoing more challenges and toils in adversity can young people cultivate strong personality and ability, and only in this way can they become winners in this competitive world.