Write an essay based on the following drawing. In your essay, you should:
1) describe the drawing briefly,
2) explain its intended meaning, and then
3) state your point of view.
This is quite an extraordinary and meaningful picture. The old grandma, when alive, was fed poorly with a bowl of rice for every meal. In contrast, after her death, there is a memorial tablet set up for her, in front of which is a table of delicacies as tributes. Apparently, the grandma’s children merely want to show off how well they treat their mother while they were actually ingrates.
Ridiculous as it is, the phenomenon is not rare in today’s society. For one thing, enormous economic development brings not only wealth, but also the public obsession for material possessions, individual gain and loss which undermines the once sacred bond between parents and children. For another, people seem to be fond of boasting off how they abide by traditions through holding grand funerals for their parents. As a matter of fact, some even compete about the extravagance of the event.
I contend that those who practice as the picture reveals miss the essence and deep values of our traditions. Filial piety should not be expressed via superficial “performance“, but via children’s genuine care and love for their parents. Thinking about how parents have taken care of us when we were babies in cradles, we should realize that they all need due attention when aging.
memorial tablet: 牌位
delicacy: n. 山珍海味
tribute: n. 贡品
undermine: v. 破坏
show off, boast off: 炫耀，自夸
abide by: 遵守
grand: adj. 盛大的，豪华的
extravagance: n. 奢侈，铺张
essence: n. 本质
filial piety: n. 孝顺，孝道
genuine: adj. 真实的，真正的，诚恳的
This is quite an extraordinary and meaningful picture.
Ridiculous as it is, the phenomenon is not rare in today’s society.