Write an essay to explain why John Hu became “mad” in Question of Hu


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Write an essay to explain why John Hu became “mad” in Question of Hu. The essay should NOT be a simple summary of the novel. Instead, it should be one that analyzes and explains what happened to Hu. Here are some questions that may guide your writing: how to characterize Hu and Foucquet's relationship? Why did Hu’s behaviors change over time? You are encouraged to use other course materials to support your argument, such as Cohen and course pack.


 You need to read the entire book Question of Hu before writing the essay.

 The essay should be based on your original ideas. No plagiarism will be tolerated.

 Your essay should have a central argument.

 Font: Times New Roman, size 12.

 Length: double space, 4 pages.

 Citation: Use whatever citation style that works for you. But make sure the page numbers, authors, and sources are clearly listed.

 Footnote only. No endnote.

 No paragraph should be longer than 3/4 of a page.

 No sentence should be longer than 4 lines.

 Each paragraph should have a topic sentence.

 The essay should have a title, page numbers, your name, your MSU ID, and

the date of submission on it.

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Insanity in Question of Hu
In Yale historian Jonathan Spence’s novel Question of Hu, a Chinese traveler, John Hu,
finds himself in Europe through a series of unlikely circumstances (AHA 2015). As a foreigner,
Hu has no one around who can understand him, let alone lend a helping hand. To make things
worse, he is one of the very first Chinese to make it to Western Europe. Thus, the Europeans are
no more prepared to meet him, than he is to meet them. In these conditions, John Hu threads an
extremely fine line with insanity (Spence 30). The final verdict on his condition is not offered by
the author – it is left to the reader to decide. However, all textual clues suggest that John Hu is
not any more insane, than any other individual would be in similar circumstances. To make
things worse, the only European John Hu has had a connection with soon disappoints and betrays
Things do not go well form the start of John Hu’s relationship with Jean-Francois
Foucquet, a Jesuit missionary in China, who takes Hu back to Europe on his ship. Foucquet
makes the decision to take Hu along on the spur of a moment, the day before sailing to France –
without any further thought. John Hu is described as an unassuming man. However, his
employment as a gatekeeper for the Cantonese Jesuits is an indication of religious zeal (Spencer
41). Thus, the worldviews of Hu and Foucquet, as well as their views of each other, differ
radically from the beginning. Upon first meeting the French missionary, John Hu views him as a
figure worthy of admiration. Since Hu has newly converted to Catholicism, he hopes that

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Foucquet would be his guide in becoming a better Catholic, and might even...

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