Adeline Yen-Mah's Chinese Cinderella

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Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen-Mah is a depressing story. This is because many gloom things happen in the story, Adeline's stepmother steals, lies, and does many other rude things to people, and family, and Adeline's family train a dog, and the dog only obeys two people.

“Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul.” ― Dave Pelzer. This quotes is an important quote for child abuse, it show what childhood should be, and what it shouldn't be. Unfortunately, for Adeline, her childhood was depressing and she was beat. Throughout the novel, many gloom, or depressing things happen. Everything one, and everything Adeline's cares for either dies, or she is separated from it. “I ran over
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Jackie is a guard dog in training. But, Jackie only obeys two people. This seems like a strange addition to the list of depressing things in the story but, Jackie does a lot of bad things throughout the novel. First off, Jackie bites Adeline's wrist, causing it to severely bleed. “I stretched out my left hand to calm him while clutching the spoon in my right. Suddenly Jackie lunged at me, and sank his teeth into my outstretched wrist.” (Yen Mah pg. 77). But more tragic then that, Jackie has done something worse. Jackie killed Adeline's pet duckling PLT. “Jackie released the bird from his jaws, but with a pang I saw PLT’s left leg dangling lifelessly and her tiny webbed foot twisted at a grotesque angle. Blood spurted from an open wound.” (Yen Mah pg. 82) . So that shows how much damage Jackie can do to Adeline, and her life. But, she was devastated when PLT cried. She could never talk about pets again. My whole essay shows that Chinese Cinderella is a depressing story. 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
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