Many people face some kind of adversity in their lives, but only few are recognized to the same extent as Adeline’s experiences in the autobiography ‘Chinese Cinderella’, written by Ms. Adeline Yen Mah. ‘Chinese Cinderella’ suggests that mental strength is what is needed to overcome all forms of adversity in life. This essay will discuss the ways in which that Adeline uses intellectual power to overcome the difficulties in her life, the outcomes she achieved and the messages she portrays. The ways that Adeline uses mental strength to overcome adversity occurs through many different events in her childhood.
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
Five children die every day as a result of child abuse. More that three out of four are under the age of four. Adenine is a four year old girl who survives through her child abuse and becomes a representative of hope, which all the girls can learn from. The novel Chinese Cinderella is written by the main character herself, Adeline Yen Mah . This novel talks about Adeline being abused by her own stepmom. Adenine describes how she was never loved by her stepmom, since she used to hit her and not feed her for no reason whatsoever. She also talks about the way that her stepmom had taken over the family when her grandmother died. The story escalates into her stepmom sacrificing Adenine’s pet duck to teach her dog how to be patient. Adenine, the
The story of Cinderella is one that has touched the hearts of nearly all who’ve heard it due to its sympathetic heroine who must suffer mistreatment at the hands of those who are supposed to care for her. It is such a popular story that nearly every culture has a version of her with different traits. The oldest recorded edition dates back to Ancient Egypt in the story of Doricha, a young Greek girl who is thrust into a life of servitude in Egypt after she is kidnapped by pirates. She sings to keeps herself happy during her enslavement which, along with some help from the falcon god Horus, ultimately delivers her from her predicament. Raisel, or the Jewish Cinderella, is similar in that after her scholarly grandfather dies, Raisel finds work in the house of a prominent rabbi and uses her wisdom and her gift of telling riddles to deliver her from under the cruel cook for whom she worked and into the arms of the rabbi’s son.
“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.”-Mulan. Even though Adeline was not loved by many and hurt by many others, Adeline turned out to be the strongest of any one. Through thick and thin, Adeline stayed strong and gets even stronger. She used her obstacles like stepping stones, once she defeated each one, she used it to climb even higher. Because Adeline's mother died while giving birth to her, Adeline was blamed by her siblings for the loss of their mother.
Mother knows best. And yet so many daughters in Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club feel slighted by what the matriarchal figures in their lives have in mind for them, or rather, what they believe their mothers have in mind for them. A perfect storm of expectation, true and false, about love, about success, about being Chinese. The souring of mother-daughter relationships in The Joy Luck Club stem from unrealistic or ill conceived expectations that both parties hold for the other.
As many Chinese-Americans grew up in the 1960’s, one women described it best in her multiple literary works. Bestselling, Chinse-American writer, Amy Tan in her autobiographic essay, “Fish Cheeks”, illustrates her humiliating experience at a Christmas Eve dinner at the age of fourteen. Tan’s purpose is to interpret the idea of how her mother cared for Tan deeply and wanted her to be proud of her Chinese heritage and family. She adopts a nostalgic tone in order to engage relatable thoughts and feelings in her adult readers. Even decades after the essay had been written, readers can still relate to the embarrassing situation that Tan had to face.
In the short story, the two daughters are classified differently. While one daughter is kind-hearted and gentle, the other is cruel. As both characters are introduced, we learn that “Nyasha was gentle and good-natured, and Manyara, well, she was the kind who saw the ugly in everything.” (John Steptoe, 1987) This demonstrates how different their views on life are, and foreshadows how their outcome will be arranged at the end of the story.
A Child Called It Every year more than 2.9 million cases of child abuse are reported said “Safe Horizon”. Most kids go home to a loving family that loves and cares for each other. But unfortunately this is not what David Pelzer the main character of “A Child Called It”, comes home to. David goes through a life changing experience in this book, and yet he teaches us a very valuable lesson: Always stick up for ourselves and never stop fighting. For example, when 9 year old David had a punishment of cleaning the bathroom for being a “bad boy” she said “You have 30 mins to clean”.
It was the summer after eighth grade, a year of pretty terrible bullying at a brand new school. I had just lost touch with my best friends-- the kids I’d known since Kindergarten-- and once I became a target, I was blacklisted and was abandoned by the new friends I’d made. My parents didn’t know I was bullied or that I was struggling with very severe depression and anxiety and, honestly, they didn’t try very hard to figure out what was going on. Much like Melinda’s parents, they responded with anger, frustration, and a deficiency of compassion. So I struggled; I was hurting and alone with nobody to talk to.
In the list of the world’s most watched fairy tales, Cinderella is of no exception. Over the years, seven hundred versions of Cinderella have been created all over the world in different languages (Kelley, 1994). In the 19th century, the first written form of the story was published in China. However, a modern version of Cinderella collated in France in 1697 by Charles Perrault (Williams, 2016) has become very popular in the United States (Kelley, 1994). Based on Perrault’s version, Walt Disney created a full-length animation of Cinderella in 1950 (History.com Staff, 2009).
Abstract Most of us have grown up watching Disney films but never really thought of what they exactly mean to us. Our understanding of what it means to be a Disney princess is probably one of the reasons to what made us subject to the regulation of cultural values. Cinderella and other similar Disney princesses may be recognised as a part of an individual’s childhood but the values and ideas it conveyed can still be reflected in our decisions and behaviour as adults. Many young girls perceive Cinderella as a role model and create expectations and beliefs based on what is portrayed through her unfortunately these expectations are not fulfilled and ends in dissatisfaction.
Chapter three describes China under Japanese rule between 1938-1945 and it contains many subtle descriptions of Chinese oppression. Chang describes the hard work that her mother did in a factory. The experience “The girls were terrified. The combination of nervousness, cold, hunger, and fatigue led to many accidents. Over half of my mother’s fellow pupils suffered injuries.”