Chinese Cinderella, By Adeline

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“Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you” (Anonymous). This quote is very similar to how Adeline tries to live her life, despite all that is against her. In the memoir, Adeline lives being an unwanted, unwelcomed child, in the hands of a cruel mother, and a father who does not even remember her name. Adeline still tries to keep her talents close to her, and writing and learning in school lets her drift away from her adversaries at home. The whole novel makes me feel very inspirational about Adeline because how she can triumph over her challenges, still lives her life, and succeed in the way she did. I am inspired by Adeline because how she gets through all of these challenges, how she uses writing and learning…show more content…
“You have no idea what it 's like. To be all alone here makes me very, very sad (...) Don’t forget me,” (Yen Mah 134-135). What Adeline is exclaiming in this quote, is that she really wants to come back to someone she loves; Aunt Baba and Ye Ye. Adeline is saying this quote in her letter to Aunt Baba and Ye Ye, to remind them of how she is continuously suffering from being alone. The author wanted to make sure that the reader(s) know Adeline is still being tortured by being alone, having no company, and being…show more content…
Some of the quotes that people ignore her with, include, “(...) Rushing around in that skimpy infantile brown dress lookin like a refugee off a junk from the mainland,” (Yen Mah 170). Also, “I suppose she hates chocolates and mangoes too; that’s why no one on Sunday comes to bring her any goodies at all,” (Yen Mah 164). These are just a few quotes that show how Adeline does get made fun of, and is bullied by cruel people. Although this does happen, Adeline ignores most of these cruel comments, and continues to make her path to where she is now. Inspiration is the word I would use to show how I felt when reading Chinese Cinderella. All of these reasons I stated above, show how Adeline is not only inspiring to me and all of her readers, but she showed desire to overcome her hardships, and mold her future that she has now. She definitely kept her face towards the sunshine, and her shadows fell behind her. Adeline Yen-Mah shows persistence in the memoir, by continuing to fall down with everything, but then gets up even stronger in the
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