Frog in the Well

Mao's last dancer

What is it all about

A frog and his family live in a deep well, the frog was told about a world outside of his well, the frog was determined to see the world outside of his well, but as his father said, he was destined to live in the well for his life.

Li Cunxin and the frog

The frog symbolises Li and his life, like the frog Li was destined to work in the fields and stay that way for the rest of his life, but unlike the frog Li goes on to live a life outside of his well, travelling to America and becoming a professional dancer.

What can be learnt

Li includes this fable in his autobiography because it symbolises what his fate was, Li also proves that he was able to live another life than what he was destined to live