I have shown this by stating quotes, and evidence to the quotes about why Chinese Cinderella is depressing in each paragraph. So, in conclusion I have shown why this novel is a depressing story, Adeline gets beat, her friends and family die or are separated from her, and her family pet does damage to Adeline and her pet duckling. Happy or not, Chinese Cinderella is a depressing
In the 1960’s, China was overrun by the idea that everybody must be equal, and those who are superior should be punished for their “wrongdoings”. Ji-li Jiang grew up in this unfortunate era, and her novel, Red Scarf Girl, describes the struggles that people in China faced every day of their lives during the Cultural Revolution. This unfair treatment of upper and middle class citizens is depicted by the author’s own memories of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Ji-li Jiang recounts childhood experiences in order to elucidate how her family’s political situation affected her education, her family’s financial stability, and her basic freedoms in life, providing readers with a deeper analysis and more personal communication of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. In her novel, Red Scarf Girl, Ji-li Jiang recounts situations in which her education was greatly affected by her family’s political status, which she was completely unable to control.
Jing-Mei then decides to reunite with her sisters in China, anxiously stating, “I lay awake thinking about my mother’s story, realizing how much I have never known about her, grieving that my sisters and I had both lost her“ (271). At this point in the story, it becomes evident Jing-Mei no longer despises her mother for her distasteful tendencies. Instead, she aspires to see her mother one last time. Remorseful of her incapacity to connect with her mother on a deeper level, Jing-Mei feels inept to fill in for her mother at the mahjong table. Michelle Gaffner also notes the tension put on relationships due to cultural indifferences in her article “Negotiating the Geography of Mother-Daughter Relationships in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club” when she writes, “The mother-daughter relationships in both China and the United States represented in The Joy Luck Club not only provide a link between the past and the present but also suggest how the ability, or the inability, for mothers and daughters to share geographically informed cultural stories influences both mother-daughter relationships and individual and cultural identity” (83).
It could be possible that Satrapi is the one who whispers ‘poo’ causing an uproar among her classmates leading to a week’s worth suspension for all of the girls. In a time where the revolution was supposed to be taken seriously, Satrapi shows how the young girls were tired of following the rules they did not understand and started to make fun of
“Then washed my mouth out with Ivory soap” this is a very old school tradition that parents did to children when they found out that they were cursing. The mother says she is doing this to “ purify and cleanse your lying tongue” but the way the girl took it was
In the chapter, “ The Red Candle” Lindo Jong was forced into an arranged marriage at a very young age and was treated horribly. Arranged marriages portrayed in Amy Tan’s “The Red Candle” clearly exemplifies the culture of early 20th century China and its negative impacts on the lives of women. Lindo Jong was two years old when she was forced into a marriage that she had no idea of. “ Instead, the village matchmaker came to my family
“The Possibility of Evil” by Shirley Jackson has a truly unexpected plot and Mrs. Strangeworth has changed throughout the story. Mrs. Strangeworth is the main character in this book and in the beginning, she is a pleasant, caring old woman who enjoys roses and talking to others. The other people in the town have received rude and harsh letters from an anonymous person. During the end of the story, the reader soon finds out that Mrs. Strangeworth has been writing the letters and as a punishment, the people destroy her roses. Mrs. Strangeworth dramatically changes through the story and she teaches us the theme of appearance can be deceiving.
The writer develops his ideas by using description. He uses these methods of development to explain what they do. Readers, teenagers, or adults can relate to this story because Ray Bradbury is very descriptive in his story which helps the readers relate to it. Both stories reflect the importance of family in one way or another. Family time is a crucial factor that helps to create bonds, love, connections, and relationship among the family members.
Reading Amy Tan 's "Mother Tongue", I came across the idea of language being "fractured and broken". In the essay, she provided examples of how her mother 's limited English caused her to be given poor service by staff at department stores, banks, and restaurants; she stated how they would consider her mother’s lack of depth in her thinking was caused by the "broken" or "limited" use of the English language. Conversely, she thinks that her mother 's English is "vivid, full of observation and imagery". We have given that language many names: non-native tongue, broken English…but I think Chinglish is what gives it the most character. Indeed, Chinglish is what creates meaning for the speaker and highlights the emotional aspects of the native tongue, despite it being the literal translation of a Chinese phrase (which makes it grammatically incorrect with funny pronunciation and deemed as a form of "broken English").
Mary Tilford is a quick-witted, deceitful fourteen year-old girl. Her introduction depicted how manipulative she was with people’s emotions and how lying was second-natured to her. For instance, Mary explained how she was late for sewing class because she was outside picking flowers for Mrs. Mortar. Mrs. Mortar was flattered and praised Mary for her thoughtfulness until Karen Wright stated she saw those exact flowers in the garbage that morning. Even when Mary’s lies are exposed, she attempted to avoid confrontations by making an excuse.