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10 Life Lessons From The Last Emperor
10 Life Lessons From The Last Emperor
10 Life Lessons From The Last Emperor
10 Life Lessons From The Last Emperor
10 Life Lessons From The Last Emperor
10 Life Lessons From The Last Emperor
10 Life Lessons From The Last Emperor
10 Life Lessons From The Last Emperor
10 Life Lessons From The Last Emperor
10 Life Lessons From The Last Emperor
10 Life Lessons From The Last Emperor
10 Life Lessons From The Last Emperor
10 Life Lessons From The Last Emperor
10 Life Lessons From The Last Emperor
10 Life Lessons From The Last Emperor
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  • 1. 10<br />Life Lessons From<br />The Last Emperor<br />The Unforgettable Life of the Last Emperor of the Chinese Qing Dynasty <br />
  • 2. “If you cannot say what you mean, Your Majesty you will never mean what you say.”<br />
  • 3. While on her deathbed the Empress Dowager Cixi chose the infant boy Pu Yi to be China's next emperor. In December 1908 he ascended the throne.<br />
  • 4. Puyiis a young child who really could not rule the country by himself, as is evident in the opening scenes where the young child interrupts a ceremony. Shortly after the revolution of 1911 China became a republic and this put an end to imperial power. Pu Yi was forced to abdicate the throne in February 1912. These events profoundly shaped Pu Yi's life. Here are his 10 unforgettable life lessons that we must know :<br />
  • 5. Lessons # 1 : You are an Emperor of yourself<br />The screaming baby was removed from his family and installed into the Forbidden City, the only familiar face was his nanny. He was not permitted to see his family members for many years. One song in the movie reflected on how he missed and loved his mother, “I belong to a strong single mother figure. You were the first one to tell me I was something bigger. I was an Emperor not just another nigger”<br />
  • 6. Lessons # 2 : Accept the changes and live with them<br />“The Emperor has been a prisoner in his own palace since the day that he was crowned and has remained a prisoner since he abdicated. But, now he's growing up, he may wonder why he's the only person in China who may not walk out of his own front door. I think the Emperor is the loneliest boy on earth.” - Johnston. Puyi was taught to accept the changes and live with them wisely.<br />
  • 7. Lessons # 3 : You need to have the tutor of your life<br />It was thought that the best way for Puyi back on the throne was to expose him to Western thought and educational influences. A senior official from the British Colonial Office named Reginald Fleming Johnston became Pu Yi's tutor. Over the next few years Pu Yi developed a fascination with all things Western. He picked an English name — Henry. He stuck with it for the rest of his life.<br />
  • 8. Lessons # 4 : You have to try so hard to be strong <br />Puyi thought he ruled over all of China even though he really didn’t make any decisions. He discovered that he was in fact only emperor within the walls of the Forbidden City as they had become a republic. He told himself, “Am I living in this moment? Am I living righteously? It gets hard, but I know I got to keep on I'm trying so hard to be strong.”<br />
  • 9. Lessons # 6 : If you are afraid, leave your fear in the house<br />When Japan took over Manchuria and renamed it Manchukuo, Puyi was their choice for new emperor. A very strong argument can be made that Puyi was nothing more than a puppet to the Japanese. He would have very little say in controlling Manchukuo. All this period Puyinever seemed satisfied with his role, because he wanted to be the emperor of all of China once again, and he didn’t show out his fear!<br />
  • 10. Lessons # 7 : The power that has never been used is my saddest story <br />Puyi even acknowledges his lack of power by saying, “I am not a gentleman, I am not allowed to say what I mean. They are always telling me what to say.” When a newsreel showed the war crimes that were occurring in Manchukuo. The Japanese had been doing horrible things to the people of Manchukuo, without even consulting or informing the emperor Puyi that they were doing so. <br />
  • 11. Lessons # 8 : Accept the fall of your life, you still have life to live!<br />At the end of World War II, Soviet troops took control of Manchuria and Pu Yi was captured at Mukden. PuYi insisted he was just a tool of the Japanese militarists and not in any way responsible for wartime atrocities. Pu Yi spent his life as a prisoner and an ordinary Citizen without blaming others. He taught us to accept the fall of our life, and fight for the future, because we still have life to live!<br />
  • 12. Lessons # 9 : Be the master of your happiness to keep it all<br />When Pu Yi was 16 his advisors decided that it was time for him to marry. He picked out a very beautiful girl of his own age named Wan Rong as his empress and WenXiu as his consort. However, Puyi had another 3 wives in his life, which were Tan Yuling, Li Yuqin, and Li Shuxian. Puyi and Li Shuxianhad no children. She accompanied Puyi to his last days.<br />
  • 13. Lessons # 10 : Do your best with the remaining days of your life on earth<br />On September 17, 1959, deliverance was at hand for Pu Yi. He was formally pardoned by Chairman Mao Zedong and went to live in Beijing. He was assigned to work as a gardener and lived out his remaining years tending his plants. After his release from prison, he married Li Shuxian, a nurse and in 1962 he started writing his autobiography ‘The First Half of my Life’ translated into English as ’Emperor to Citizen’.<br />
  • 14. A few hours before his death in October 1967. He once declared when working as a gardener, "I, along with 650 million of my compatriots, was now the owner of our 9,600,000 sq km of land." There was a time when as a boy he owned it all!!!<br />
  • 15. While emperor Puyi never really had any power in his entire life as a leader, he still managed to have an impact on China. Even though Puyi was his entire life both a fool and a puppet, he still was an emperor and a leader for China and Manchukuo. Puyi will always be remembered through this film and through his distinction as the last emperor of China. <br />
  • 16. Thank You Very Much<br />Sompong Yusoontorn<br />

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