In “White Tigers,” Kingston tells her own version of a popular Chinese ballad, “Fa Mu Lan,” while incorporating her own reality back into the section. In her literary criticism, “Empowerment Through Mythological Imaginings in “Woman Warrior”,” Sue Ann Johnston comments on Kingston’s use of myths in the memoir, and believes that myths are Kingston’s most effective means of conveying messages to readers. Although these myths are effective, Johnston overlooks Kingston’s incorporation of these myths back into her own life. As demonstrated in “White Tigers,” Maxine Hong Kingston reveals that a woman warrior requires strength, dedication, independence, and confidence through her mother’s talk-stories and personal struggles during her life. At the opening of “White Tigers,” Kingston vividly describes the importance of storytelling to girls in the Chinese community.
Joseph’s Campbell’s The Hero With a Thousand Faces is a valuable novel for college students because it allows the reader to apply common elements in mythic adventures that easily connect and explain the journey of the protagonist. In Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God, offers an excellent example of The Hero’s Journey. The book follows Janie Mae Crawford on her adventure in finding herself. The adventure is described within three main steps that make up The Hero’s Journey; the departure, the initiation, and the return. Through these steps, we follow Janie as she leaves her known world and travels into the unknown world.
“When I discover who I am, I will be free.” ~Ralph Ellison With a cultural identity as unclear as her own, Sarah Howe grew up questioning the human condition, specifically regarding the idea of belonging. Yet despite her great efforts in discovering what it means to have a bicultural heritage, her journey of understanding is forever ongoing. This journey and thirst for belonging inspired her poetry book Loop of Jade. Howe begins her book with the poem Mother’s Jewellery Box. The poem acts as a gateway to the main topic discussed in her other poems: the relationship between her and her Chinese heritage.
Gish Jen’s “Who’s Irish” is a story of a Chinese family in America and narrated by a sixty eight year old Chinese Immigrant. Speaking in “broken English” the grandmother is keen to narrate the events surrounding her daughter, her granddaughter and her son-in-law who is Irish. The story is based on how a woman’s granddaughter is growing up in a different way than how she raised her daughter, which brings conflict between the two, mother and daughter. This mainly takes place in the park or the home of the daughter. The grandmother who is a typical first generation Chinese woman, always have difficulty understanding her daughter who is Americanized style of raising her child.
Uday Sethi English 10 Monday, October 5, 2015 Comparative Essay A seeking for identity shown through evolution takes place in both “The Chinese Seamstress” and “The Handsomest Drowned man”, seen through the development of characters from narrative stories that help them grow as individuals who live in societies that are isolated and unknown from the rest of the world. The way the narratives impact the characters and society in the two stories help them seek a new identity that could not be discovered without them. The novel “The Chinese Seamstress” is a great way to exemplify development of knowledge and character seen through two major characters, the narrator and the seamstress. The short story “The Handsomest Drowned man” shows a broader development of identity through a society. One of the important characters in the “The Chinese Seamstress” is the narrator, who is not only vital because he is the main character but also because he goes through a lot of development and evolution based of the narratives he reads.
1. This primary source document, written by Abigail Adams, John Adams, and Natalie Bober, is constructed in a format of combined family letters written in the years between 1776-1783. 2. This document, that consists multiple letters written by John Adams, Abigail Adams, and Natalie Bober, was established in the years of 1776-1783 in Braintree, Massachusetts and Philadelphia. The letters reveal Abigail's deep love for her the pulsating loneliness she experienced due to long periods of separation from her husband, John Adams, and her commitment to achieve more than the goals set for women of the era in which she lived.
Zora Neale Hurston, an author during the Harlem Renaissance, wrote Their Eyes Were Watching God, an amazing novel written about the losses and loves of a lady named Janie Crawford. The author describes the way Janie found out who she really was and what love was throughout her three marriages. Janie’s first two marriages were unfulfilling and not healthy for herself. Janie realized what true love was when she met Tea Cake. Janie’s first marriage was to a man named Logan Killicks, which was forced upon her by her grandmother.
What effects do different cultures take on mothers (Chinese) and daughters (American) throughout the book? The book “The Joy Luck Club” takes on an interesting way to present it’s plot to readers. It consists of the telling of the stories of four Chinese mothers (before they immigrated to the United States) in the first four chapters. Following this is the stories of these mother’s daughters (again, in four chapters). This “organization” of the first half of the story is key to allow the reader to really delve into each character’s story, personality, traits, and their cultural aspects.
The most important parallel between the Greek myth of Jason and Medea and Jesmyn Ward’s novel, Salvage the Bones, is the parallel connection and comparison between Medea, Esch, and China relating to their pregnancies. The comparison between these three characters is integral to the novel because it allows us to analyze Esch in a new light, as she transforms from an abused and objectified girl into a potentially powerful woman who has more control in her life. As Skeetah argues that China’s pregnancy had only made her stronger, “He glances at [Esch], too” (96). Skeetah’s glance towards Esch as he describes the power China has gained from giving birth illustrates a connection between Esch and China, and in turn Medea, as all three characters
In the beginning of the hero’s journey, the character is whisked into his or her’s new adventure. The character also has a vulnerability or weakness. Living in a village in China, Lindo Jong was only two years old when she was betrothed to Tyan-yu, the son of a woman named Huang Taitai. She was vulnerable in how she was female in the backward Chinese country, where she had no choice in her marriage. Once she was betrothed, her mother and family “began treating [her] as if [she] belonged to someone else” (Tan 51).