- I was once a slave, suffering from the whipping, trampling, and torture of my master. I was once a fugitive, risking my life to break free from the chains and pursue the light of freedom. I was once a lover, meeting her, those bright eyes, those sweet lips, that gentle heart. I was once a husband, joined with her in marriage, vowing eternal constancy and enduring hardships together. I was once a father, watching my children being born, growing up and leaving, feeling proud, worried and helpless for them.
- What am I now? I am a puppet, pulled by invisible strings and manipulated by merciless fate. I am Hamlet, tempted by the ghost of revenge and hurt by deceitful relatives and friends. I am the protagonist of a tragedy, wounded by the thorns of love and crushed by the pressure of life. I have thought about resisting, escaping and ending it all. But I have no courage, no strength and no choice. I can only obey, endure and wait. Wait for what? Death? Is death a release? Or another kind of torment? Is there heaven after death? Or hell? Is there a soul after death? Or nothingness?
- I don’t know and don’t want to know. All I know is that being alive means taking responsibility. Responsibility for my wife, for my children and for myself. I cannot give up on them, let them down or betray them. Even if they are also puppets and my shackles and burdens. But I love them and they love me too. Is this my happiness? Or my sorrow? Is this my meaning? Or my absurdity?
- I don’t know and don’t want to know. All I know is that this is my life.
- The story expresses the doubts and helplessness of a character who has experienced various roles and situations in his life towards his own life as well as his attitude towards death and responsibility through his experiences. The story explores the meaning and value of life as well as the relationship between man and destiny; reflects the universal confusion and pursuit of mankind; evokes resonance and reflection in readers. For example:
- Life is full of changes and uncertainties; we cannot completely control our own destiny but we can choose our own attitudes and actions. Life has responsibilities and obligations; we cannot escape our roles and identities but we can support ourselves with love and faith. Life has meaning and value; we cannot deny our experiences and feelings but we can examine ourselves with reason and wisdom.